Police arrested Peter Omar Garcia-Romero and Guardencio Lantan-Vela, both Guatemala natives, and charged them with transporting about 100 pounds of drugs hidden in parts of their trucks.
Authorities said they saw two pick-up trucks with North Carolina license plates following a trailer and driving slowly. Both trucks circled around blocks several times looking for parking.
When agents approached the trucks, a trained search dog sniffed out the heroin. According to police, the surveillance was part of an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution in the northeast.
The trucks were taken to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Manhattan office, where a state warrant was issued on both vehicles. Authorities said they found the drugs packaged and pressed to fit in the car axles and drive shafts.
The DEA said the approximate black market value of the heroin is at least $14 million.
The city’s Office of Special Narcotics will prosecute the two men. They’ve been charged with conspiracy and two counts of criminal possession. They were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court at 100 Centre Street Wednesday evening.