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$2 million in drugs seized in Queens

Drugs seized by the New York State Police.

Drugs seized by the New York State Police. (New York State Police) Credit: Drugs seized by the New York State Police. (New York State Police)

Nearly 20 pounds of meth and heroin worth more than $2 million were recovered in a bust that netted three accused drug traffickers, prosecutors said Monday.

Most of the drugs were recovered in a Corona, Queens, stash house April 9 after investigators observed the trio allegedly making a drug deal in the Bronx.

Prosecutors say investigators followed Miguel Mercado-Guelen and Henry Nunez from the stash house to East 212th Street and Dekalb Avenue in the Bronx, where they handed off a black bag filled with drugs to Diego Estevez. Estevez was on foot when investigators stopped him and seized the bag, which contained three kilos of heroin.

At the alleged stash house in Corona, investigators found an additional 1.5 kilos of heroin and four kilos of crystal meth in smokable form in a dresser with a hidden compartment. The meth had a street value of $960,000.

Mercado-Guelen was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday with bail set at $750,000. Estevez and Nunez were arraigned earlier in May. All three pleaded not guilty.

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