A 1-year outdated Shephard-mix changed into an unwitting drug mule when he arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport on a flight from Puerto Rico with over $1 million price of heroin stashed in a false backside within his crate.
Two males, Carlos Betancourt-Morales, 27, and Samuel Seabrooks, 35, had been arrested and charged with conspiracy and ownership on a managed substance after Betancourt-Morales used to be stopped by way of police as he rolled the 86-pound crate towards an go out.
The pair had met up previous that evening, round 6pm, at a Bronx IHOP sooner than using in separate vehicles to the airport to select up the canine, consistent with a prison criticism. They arrived at JFK round 7pm and chatted in brief sooner than Betancourt-Morales went within to the American Airlines’ shipment house and signed a supply receipt for the crate.
Police discovered 10 one-kilogram bricks of heroin, with a street-value of greater than $1 million, wrapped in plastic wrap and stashed underneath a false backside throughout the crate.
Although Seabrooks denied any wisdom of the medicine, Betancourt-Morales informed police that somebody in Puerto Rico had organized for the pair to satisfy up sooner than heading to the airport.
Both males had been arrested, taken into Queens prison court docket on Sunday evening, and hung on $500,000 bail. They face 20 years every in jail in the event that they’re convicted.
The canine is now in the care of the ASPCA and is being evaluated by way of a veterinarian. While the investigation is ongoing, an ASPCA spokesperson would no longer say whether or not the canine will in the end be made to be had for adoption.
It is lately unknown whether or not the lads will face further fees on the subject of the canine.