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Egleston Square Traffic Stop Yields 10 Kilos of Cocaine

Police say they stopped a green Nissan minivan with a faulty brake light after it blew through a stop sign. A later search of the vehicle turned up 10 kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment.

An Egleston Square traffic stop turned into a major coke bust on Monday.

Police say they'd heard reports of a green Nissan minivan speeding on Brookside Avenue, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. When an officer saw a vehicle with that description, he tailed it and noticed a broken tail light. The van blew through a stop sign at School Street.

The officer pulled the vehicle over. He said the driver appeared "nervous and shaky" and copped to the bad brake light and not being the registered owner of the van.

The officer, being suspicious that the vehicle might have "contraband," called in a drug dog. The K-9 "hit" on an area of the front passenger side. Officers found a hidden compartment with what looked like blocks of drugs.

Later, after the van had been towed to the , officers found 10 one-kilogram blocks of cocaine. That's 22 pounds of cocaine.

Police arrested Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31. At his arraignment on Monday, he was charged with trafficking in more than 200 grams of cocaine, violating the state’s drug laws in a school zone, and various civil motor vehicle infractions. The DA's office asked for $1 million cash bail but the Judge David Weingarten set bail at $30,000 and ordered Garcia to surrender his passport.

William Dawes May 02, 2012 at 11:44 AM
If only the Securities and Exchange Commission were as diligent in their work as these police officers. Do you ever notice that "blue collar" crime committed by the lower classes is vigorously prosecuted, but "white collar" crime committed by the financial elite is routinely overlooked and explained away as lapses in judgment. What if the story read this way: A State Street financial visit turned into a major derivative bust on Monday. Regulators say they'd heard reports of a large Too Big to Fail Bank submitting questionable foreclosure documents, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. When an Regulator saw documents with robo-signed signatures, he investigated and found improper recording in the Land Deeds Office. The Regulator halted the foreclosure proceedings. He said the CEO appeared "nervous and shaky" and copped to the bad signatures and not being the registered owner of the mortgage. The Regulator, being suspicious that the bank might have "improper leveraging," called in a forensic accountant. The FA "hit" on an area of the bank's balance sheet. Officers found a hidden off-shore company with what looked like stacks of derivatives. Later, after the bank had been forced to open their books, officers found 1000 falsely registered mortgages. That's over $100,000 in unpaid registry fees. Regulators arrested Brian Moynihan of Bank of America. But don't hold your breath - it will never happen...

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