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Authorities say cocaine seized from fake NY jewelry store

March 31, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say they’ve seized 55 kilograms (121 pounds) of cocaine from a fictitious jewelry business in New York’s diamond district.

They say the drugs were worth $2 million and had been shipped from a fake jewelry business in Los Angeles.

Law enforcers identified the two fictitious businesses as Los Angeles-based Sapphire and New York-based 21 Divine.

Agents with the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force suspected that a cocaine distribution organization was using the two addresses as fronts.

New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, obtained a search warrant for 21 Divine on Wednesday. Agents seized the packages of cocaine Thursday.

Authorities say 26-year-old Junior Lopez-Pena was arrested at the scene on drug-possession charges.

It’s not known if he has an attorney who can speak for him.

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