Nine arrested in multi-million dollar Mexico-to-Long Island heroin pipeline bust

Officials squashed a massive drug pipeline that brought millions of dollars in heroin from Mexico to Long Island, authorities announced Thursday.

Nine people from Mexico, California, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens were arrested in the bust after months of investigating, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

The pipeline used a minivan with fictitious California license plates and mounted with bikes and a kayak to transport kilos of heroin across the border, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. The drugs ultimately ended up in Long island and New York City.

Other mules brought drugs from California by swallowing them and then flying to New York, officials said.

Investigators started looking into the case in 2013 and finally tracked down the drug-carrying SUV in September in New Jersey.

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Walter Skinner

Walter Skinner joined the Pluto Daily in 2012 and has covered news from around the world.