New York City drug traffickers are busted with 50kg of cocaine bricks inscribed with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s initials and $200k cash
- Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized 50 kilos of cocaine from a New York City apartment on Monday
- The cocaine packages were individually stamped ‘CR7’ after star soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo
- DEA agents arrested Christopher Jones and Wykim Williams and also confiscated more than $200,000 from a suitcase
- Agents also seize $10,000 from the apartment where the drugs were stashed
The DEA said agents and investigators were surveilling two individuals as part of an ongoing investigation when they raided an apartment in Queens on Monday.
Agents saw Christopher Jones, 43, enter the apartment building empty-handed and then later leave with a suitcase.
He subsequently placed the suitcase in a vehicle and drove away before he was stopped several blocks away in possession of $200,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said that agents and investigators found 50 kilos of cocaine inside a Queens, New York apartment on Monday. There were 50 packages of cocaine, each individually stamped ‘CR7’ after Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The operation also netted the arrest of two individuals, Christopher Jones and Wykim Williams
50 kilos of cocaine and a gun were found inside a Queens, New York apartment Monday as part of a narcotics investigation carried out by the DEA. Agents and investigators seized $10,000 from the apartment and $200,000 that were hidden in a suitcase that was confiscated from a vehicle driven by one of the two individuals who were arrested as part of the massive drug bust
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification match against Luxembourg on Tuesday. Drug trafficker in New York used star prowess of Ronaldo and stamped his branding name ‘CR7’ on 50 packages that contained a kilo of cocaine
Moments later, agents and investigators used a search warrant after they saw Wykim Williams, 43, standing near apartment #706 at the same building Jones had left and discovered 50 packages of cocaine.
Each brick of cocaine contained the ‘CR7’ branding – a marking that is synonymous with the international soccer star who also plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A league.
An additional search of the apartment led authorities to $10,000 hidden in a closet and throughout other areas of the residence.
The DEA said it also confiscated a Thunder Pro Compact 45ACP gun and other items used to process the distribution of large quantities of drugs in addition to a money counting machine.
50 kilos of cocaine were confiscated by the DEA from a Queens, New York apartment Monday
According to DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, cocaine busts in New York City have increased by 200% over the first three months of 2021 compared to the first quarter last year.
‘Stimulants like cocaine are the vehicle traffickers are using to attract customers,’ he said.
‘Through our investigations and recent CDC statistics, we know that local organizations are mixing cocaine with fentanyl which have added to the alarming overdose rates nationwide. I applaud our agents and law enforcement partners for their enforcement efforts which ultimately save lives.’
Jones and Williams were arraigned in court on Tuesday. A cash bail of $150,000 was set for Jones and $250,000 for Williams.