Photos released by the NYC Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (via Gothamist) show the evidence.
Harlem resident Albert Fortosa, 24, is accused of accepting a package that contained kilos of coke wrapped like presents. Prosecutors have singled him out as a big shot in the operation after they say police intercepted five packages of cocaine on their way to him from Puerto Rico, total street value $225,000.
More arrests followed on August 4th, concluding a wiretap investigation that had been ongoing since September 2014. Daniel Reyes, 26, allegedly runs a drug delivery service in Bushwick that sells heroin, MDMA, and Xanax in addition to cocaine; Derek Santana, 25, of Boerum Hill, is believed to have sold drugs regularly at clubs in Brooklyn and Manhattan; Joseph Owens, 44, of Harlem, allegedly worked closely with Fortosa. Over the course of the investigation, the men allegedly sold more than $41,000 worth of drugs to undercover officers from the NYPD’s Vice Squad on 20 different occasions, in Brooklyn and on the Lower East Side.
Some criminals just aren't as smart as Catherine Zeta Jones in Traffic. She molded the toys out of cocaine. Which, apparently, was based on a real thing from the early 90s, which was a common occurrence by the end of the last decade.