A bust by the city police street gang unit has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine off the streets. The bust happened after a traffic stop last Friday, leading police to about two kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $600,000. Police also seized a small amount of pharmaceutical drugs such as OxyContin. Two men were charged as a result of the bust -- which police said could have a trickle-down effect on the price of meth on the streets. "Meth is something that we are still seeing on the streets," said Det.-Sgt. Michelle Bacik, with the organized crime unit. "It's always about supply and demand. If it's coming here, someone is using it in the city of Winnipeg." Bacik said meth is sold in street-level doses that weigh about 1/10th of a gram and are known as a "point." The price of a "point" is currently about $30, but the price was about $50 a year ago due to lower supply. The bust can potentially have a direct spinoff on the street price of meth, said Bacik. "When you take something like this, I wouldn't be surprised if in a month or so that we hear that for a point, (it's) now gone up again to near $50," said Bacik. Officers executed two search warrants at two downtown properties they didn't identify. A 29-year-old man was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drug substance and possessing proceeds of crime. A 33-year-old man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
There’s a reason why the markers, deodorant, buttons and nail polish in Tomas Sykora’s suitcase weighed so much - they were filled with cocaine, federal authorities said Monday.
Sykora, 26, a resident of the Netherlands, was busted at Kennedy Airport last Tuesday and accused of importation of a controlled substance.
His black suitcase was pulled for inspection during a transfer from Haiti to Brussels.
The officer from U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened the suitcase and “immediately noticed a strong smell emanating from the bag,” according to court papers.
At the same time, said CBP spokesman Anthony Bucci, Sykora showed “some traits of nervousness.”
With good reason.
Inside the bag were 16 markers, 17 roll-on deodorants, 24 nail polish bottles and 684 buttons - all containing cocaine, the feds said.
All told, according to CBP, nearly 16 pounds of cocaine were recovered.
His court-appointed lawyer, Heidi Cesare, said Sykora is a native of the Czech Republic but she would not comment on the charges against him.
Sykora is being held without bail on a detention order at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Robert Perez, director of New York field operations for CBP, said the arrest shows the agency’s “steadfastness in stemming the flow of these dangerous drugs.”