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Cops Seize $750K Worth of Heroin in Inwood Drug Bust

By Nigel Chiwaya | August 12, 2013 10:49am
  Cops say the drugs, found Saturday night in a car on Sherman Avenue, weighed in at over 20 pounds.
Twenty Pounds of Heroin Seized in Inwood Drug Bust
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INWOOD — Police officers seized more than $750,000 of heroin during an arrest in Inwood, the NYPD said.

The haul was made at 8:20 p.m. Saturday when patrolling NYPD officers saw a man throwing a large brown duffel bag into the trunk of a Nissan Altima that was double parked near 207th Street and Sherman Ave, police commissioner Raymond Kelly said Monday.

As the plain-clothed officers approached the vehicle, the man yelled at the driver before running away.

The officers requested backup and searched the trunk, the officers found the heroin inside the bag, police said.

Kelly hailed the arrest as the result of stop-and-frisk work, which he said was endangered by a controversial judge's federal ruling accusing the police of engaging in racial profiling and violating constitutional rights on Monday.

"When they approached them, he ran. That’s suspicious behavior," Kelly said, adding that the arrest would likely not have been made without the ability to conduct stop-and-frisks.

Cops said the narcotics, contained in approximately 25,000 glassine containers, weighed over 20 pounds. The driver,  Joancis Delacruz-Arias, 26, of Yonkers, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The suspect that fled the scene has not been identified and an investigation is ongoing.