State police seized nearly $5 million worth of heroin packed in a half million street-ready envelopes and arrested two women in a bust in the Bronx Wednesday, authorities say.
Officers staking out a suspected heroin packaging location at Creston Avenue and 180th Street in the West Bronx say they saw the two women, Rosa Vasquez and Carmen Garcia, loading a large duffel bag into a van Wednesday morning. The pair drove off, and officers followed.
Investigators say that the suspects drove erratically for about 10 minutes before making their way to a garage at Morris Avenue. The women parked the van and got out, leaving the keys in the ignition.
Police approached the women as they were walking away and brought them back to the van, where they did a search.
Police say they found four shrink-wrapped bricks of street-ready heroin inside the duffel bag, and another 15 in a hidden compartment in the van’s cargo area. Each brick contained 25,000 glassine envelopes of the drug for a total of 475,000 envelopes. The drugs had a street value of $4.75 million, police say.
They also found a two-pound brick of raw heroin which, once cut, could have sold for at least $250,000, police said.
The two women face multiple drug charges. It’s not clear if they have attorneys.