'Nervous' Man Busted with 2,000 Heroin Packets at Port Authority, PAPD Says
MANHATTAN — A man was busted with 2,000 packets of heroin at the Port Authority Bus Terminal after police spotted him acting nervously before ditching a drug-filled bag, authorities said.
Gobert Taveras, 32, had just left the subway in the terminal about 9 a.m. Thursday but did a triple-take when he saw Port Authority officers, according to the PAPD. He doubled back into the transit system but then returned to the terminal, where he tried to surreptitiously leave a paper bag on the ground, officials said. That raised the officers' suspicions further, a Port Authority spokesman said.
Taveras returned to the bag two times. When police confronted him, he first denied the bag was his before finally confessing, the spokesman said.
Taveras "appeared nervous" and said there were drugs inside the bag, the PAPD said. When officers opened it, they found 2,000 packets of heroin marked with a pink logo reading "Empire," the PAPD said. He also was carrying about $800 in cash, sources said.
He was arrested on charges of criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance, the Port Authority added.