Cocaine Taxi Scam In NJ and Miami
NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, a man who was detained with 24 kilograms of narcotics stored in the trunk of a cab made his first appearance today in Newark federal court, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Franklin Grullon, 43, is charged by complaint with one count of He appeared this day before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III and has been released on $200,000 unsecured bond.
During a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation of a Drug trafficking ring operating in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere, law enforcement officers learned that Grullon was supposed to collect a shipment of narcotics in the area.
On Feb. 11, 2018, law enforcement officers observed Grullon push a New York cab to meet with an individual in a gas station and truck stop in Pennsylvania. After the two met, Grullon drove away and checked into a hotel in White Haven, Pennsylvania.
Shortly thereafter, law enforcement officers spoke to Grullon, who Said that he traveled to the area to drop off a passenger in a nearby mall. But a search of the cab’s trunk revealed two bags containing a total of 24 kilograms of a substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life imprisonment, and a $10 million fine.
The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, And the defendant.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the DEA, under the Direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson in Newark, in addition to the DEA Scranton Resident Office, together with the investigation resulting in the charge.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Williams of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force/Narcotics Unit in Newark.