Crime

Drug Ring Busted After Officials Discover Cocaine Disguised As Gifts For Children

| by Emily Smith

A New York narcotics ring was busted after investigators discovered boxes of cocaine disguised as colorfully wrapped children’s gifts.

One shipment was covered in pink birthday paper and put in a bag with a stuffed Olaf doll from the Disney movie "Frozen." Another was wrapped and mailed with a Minion doll, according to officials.

In total, investigators seized five packages with 1 kilogram, equal to 2.2 pounds, of cocaine in each. The estimated value of all 5 kilograms is $225,000, reports New York magazine.

Albert Fortosa of Harlem, New York, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and drug possession in connection to the packages. He reportedly came up with the plan to traffic 2 pounds of cocaine from Puerto Rico to the U.S.

Originally, the drugs were sent through express mail. Officials began to suspect that the packages were part of a drug smuggling operation when a long-term wiretap tipped them off.

The packages had been sent to Fortosa through express mail.

Fortosa had several underlings distribute the cocaine to nightclubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Fortosa was arrested on July 2, while many of his employees were arrested on Aug. 4, reports NY Daily News.

Fortosa is currently being held on $250,000 bail.

Sources: NY Daily News, New York magazine / Photo credit: New York Police Department via NY Daily News