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A Valentine’s Day drug bust in Ozone Park took 12 kilograms of cocaine, valued at just under $3 million, off the streets of Queens, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on Thursday.

According to Brown, three individuals — one woman from Ozone Park and two men from Texas — were charged for allegedly transporting the drugs from Texas into New York City hidden inside a spare tire and planning to sell them on the streets.

“Great police work led to the seizure of more than 12 kilograms of cocaine concealed within a spare tire of a vehicle the two men allegedly used to drive from Texas to New York,” Brown said. “The arrests of these three defendants is the result of a long-term investigation. The defendants are alleged to have conspired to bring the drugs to Queens and then to sell them here and in other parts of New York City. The Queens resident, whose home allegedly contained drug paraphernalia, is accused of playing a role in the plot.”

Brown identified the defendants as Ozone Park’s Augustina Masea Baez, 51, of 97th Avenue and Houston’s Felipe Estacio-Ortiz, 63, and Jose Luis Ortiz-Garcia, 44. They were all arraigned Tuesday, Feb. 16, on charges of first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee. Baez is additionally charged in a separate complaint with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

According to the charges, at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, police stopped a white Nissan Armada at the intersection of 97th Avenue and 75th Street in Ozone Park. The vehicle was taken to the 115th Precinct where a court-ordered search warrant was executed the following day.

As a result of the search warrant, police recovered six packages containing the 12 kilograms of cocaine — with an estimated street value of $2.94 million — wrapped in electrical tape concealed inside the spare tire in the rear of the vehicle.

Additionally, the charges state that Masea-Baez was observed by police entering and exiting a house on 97th Avenue on Feb. 14, carrying a bag on her shoulder that contained a small quantity of cocaine, along with a scale and $3,398 in cash.

Police executed a search warrant on the home the following day and recovered two plastic twists containing cocaine, three plastic twists containing heroin and two digital scales from the inside of a closet.

All three defendants were ordered held without bail and to return to court on March 1. If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison.

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joe February 18, 2016 / 08:46PM
At one time all of these Southeast Queens communities were very nice (a long time ago). So what is the common denominator with all of these communities. The demographics changed and the trash came pouring in. I mean, come on, lets all be honest for a change. We always knew why these neighborhoods went to crap, but nobody has the balls to say, especially the elected officials. Welcome to the new America, the Third World Ghetto Shit America and no where is this more prevalent than in Southeast Queens. There is a reason why a community is nice and the one is not. IT IS DEMOGRAPHICS and the “Element”. Plain and Simple. Do the math. If I offended anyone, well……………….F**K YOU. Truth is a bitter pill to swallow. Maybe some communities need to start addressing their own s**t and stop blaming everyone else for their problems. https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
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justin taipe March 12, 2016 / 12:23PM
I created an account just to respond to joe negativity and obvious racism.I live in Ozone Park and I've lived on Upper east side and I love ozone park 11416 my neighbors are beautiful people, humble, helpful and original. I feel completely safe, i love that we have an old school feeling, the local businesses know me and it sunny without building obstructing your fresh air. My family have owned a house in 11416 since 1980 yes there was mostly italian folks then and we still have a great number of Italians still living here. What amazing is we have all cultures, religions and peaceful neighbors. I can walk around and say hello to everyone and there pleasant. I wouldn't think about moving to another ny neighborhodd. Im 25 minutes into manhattan for work and 20 minutes to the beach. Its perfect Joe if you live here and complain then your just being rude and you don't actually appreciate what we have in this neighborhood. Travel around Brooklyn and Manhattan for a few days and see how stressful it is. Overcrowded,overpriced and traffic etc. Long live Ozone Park to all my neighbors thank you!! see you guys around Peace and Love in 11416

Barry Roberts February 19, 2016 / 11:40AM
It seems like you don't even have the balls to say it. @joe You talk a good one, why don't you inform us what's the problem with these neighborhoods?


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