PENNSYLVANIA (PIX11) – Four Pennsylvania men were arrested for smuggling cocaine inside an Xbox game console.
Felix Rodriguez-Pabon, 22, Wilson Herrera, 20, Nelson Martinez, 26, and Yefries Herrera, 22, were arrested Friday. They were charged with intending to deliver a controlled substance, delivering a controlled substance, and conspiracy, Reading Eagle reported.
According to the Berks County District Attorney, the bust began Wednesday, Oct. 8 when Homeland Security and U.S. Customs contacted the Berks County Drug Task Force regarding cocaine shipments from the Dominican Republic. The cocaine was concealed in packages described as “Video Game Xbox 360 Use.”
Upon examination of the shipments, cocaine was uncovered from inside Xbox console factory parts. Approximately 1100 grams of cocaine was retrieved. The drugs have an estimated street value of $100,000, officials said.
On Friday, Oct. 10, an undercover federal agent delivered an Xbox shipment to Yefries Herrera. At approximately 3:40 p.m., Herrera met with the other suspects. The men entered a black Acura with the drug-filled Xbox and traveled to 1615 Hancock Boulevard.
The four men were pursued by drug task force officers and federal agents at 4:10 p.m. Rodriguez-Pabon, Wilson Herrera and Martinez tried to flee the residence, but were apprehended blocks away from the home.
After the suspects were apprehended, officials seized other items of evidence including packaging material, a heat sealing machine, .40 caliber ammunition, 14 cell phones and $600,000.
All four men are being held in lieu of bail. Rodriguez-Pabon and Yefries Herrera are held on $1 million bail, while the other two suspects are held on $100,000 bail, Reading Eagle reported.AlertMe