Over 100 pounds of narcotics, including cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone, were seized from Mexzzarella Pizza in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $4 million.
Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the New York City Police Department, the New York State Police, and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, collaborated to make the arrest. Also assisting with the investigation was the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Department.
On October 18, 2023, three individuals were arrested: Gaudencio Rosendo Perez, Zulema Cardenas Espinoza, and Alexander Samboy. They were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on October 20. Charges include Operating as a Major Trafficker and First and Third Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Espinoza and Samboy’s bail was set at $150,000 cash or bond, with a 72-hour surety requirement and passport surrender.
According to Frank A. Tarentino III, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New York Division, the pizza parlor was instrumental in the distribution of cocaine throughout the northeastern United States. The pizza parlor is located in close proximity to a public school.
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