A taxi driver in New York City was shocked after discovering a forgotten suitcase left by a passenger in his vehicle contained several bags of heroin.
The 63-year-old driver spotted the left-behind luggage while driving at 8:30 p.m. May 4 and stopped at 34th Street and 11th Avenue to investigate the bag further. When the driver opened the suitcase, he found eight bricks of heroin, which he immediately brought to the 10th Precinct Station House in Chelsea, reports the New York Post.
The taxi driver remains unidentified and police have not released specific information on the total weight and estimated street value of the the seized heroin.
“He opened the suitcase and discovered it contained multiple sealed bags of heroin,” a police spokesman told the New York Post.
Painkiller and heroin abuse is rampant in New York City and across the state, claiming 2,431 lives in 2015. The state experienced a 135.7 percent increase in synthetic opioid and heroin deaths between 2014 and 2015, one of the largest increases for a state.
The relentless efforts of drug cartels and domestic traffickers continue the steady flow of fatal narcotics into America’s cities. Authorities arrested a man at Dulles International Airport April 20 after arriving on a flight with a bag of lollipops containing nearly two pounds of heroin.
Officers searching his belongings found the bag of lollipops, which one agent found suspicious. Authorities discovered heroin smuggled inside the lollipops after smashing one of them open.
Oddly enough, after conducting an interview, CPD officers concluded the unidentified man had no idea he was transporting heroin within the lollipops and did not get charged.
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