N.J. police seize $11 million in crystal meth
Largest cache in Northeast shows the drug is spreading, authorities say
By Joe Ryan
NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities yesterday said they seized an $11 million shipment of crystal methamphetamine that was intercepted in West Paterson and lends evidence, they say, that the highly addictive drug is taking hold in New Jersey.
The drug, sometimes called Ice, has long been a scourge on the West Coast, particularly in rural areas. But it has swept slowly east, finding its way into urban nightclubs and onto street corners, authorities said.
“We are finally starting to see it seep into the East Coast,” said Gerard McAleer, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division.
The 165-pound cache – the largest ever seized in the Northeast – was captured Monday, when members of a DEA task force pulled over a refrigerated tractor-trailer heading east on Route 80. The light-blue crystallized substance was packed into Tupperwarelike containers, wrapped in black duct tape and tucked between crates of limes, authorities said.
Investigators suspect the shipment came from massive drug labs in Mexico. They declined to say where it was going. Full story here
The article further states that authorities believe Olguin is a US citizen and suspect that he is a member of a Mexican drug organization.
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