New York police and federal officials Wednesday announced the biggest cocaine bust of the year.
The New York Drug Enforcement Taskforce, along with New Jersey officials, confiscated 42-million-dollar worth of cocaine this weekend when they seized 1,000 pounds of cocaine heading for Manhattan and arrested six people.
The drugs were found in a hidden compartment on a tractor trailer that was parked next to a warehouse in New Jersey. Agents spent hours removing the drugs brick by brick.
A man from Manhattan and five others from Texas are charged with top narcotics offenses. They are being held by New Jersey authorities while awaiting extradition.
John Gilbridge of the New York Drug Enforcement Administration attributed the big bust to good detective work and around the clock surveillance.
According to New York City Narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan, the next largest seizure was about three quarters of the size, which was seized up in the Bronx last January. He called the latest seizure "quite remarkable."