NY drug bust nets 136 pounds of cocaine worth estimated $3 million

NY drug bust nets 136 pounds of cocaine worth estimated $3 million
An undated handout picture released by the New York Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office show 62 kilograms of cocaine (136 lbs.) seized by police in New York City December 17, 2015. REUTERS/New York Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office/Handout via Reuters

Two men were arrested and nearly $3 million worth of cocaine was seized in New York City in what is being described as the biggest bust involving the drug in recent years as heroin abuse has surged, law enforcement authorities said on Saturday.

Mark Soto and Xavier Herbert-Gumbs, face felony drug possession charges after authorities said they found a total of 136 pounds (61.7 kg) of cocaine in their vehicles in the Bronx, according to a statement by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York.

“This is the largest cocaine seizure that our office has made in recent years,” said Kati Cornell, spokeswoman for the prosecutor. “Recently, we’ve seen a lot more large seizures of heroin, so this case is certainly unusual.”

Her office did not have information available as to when or how large the last major cocaine bust in New York was recorded. New York City police did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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