Two Suspects Arrested
YONKERS, NY – January 16, 2019 — On Monday, January 14th, 2019, members of the Yonkers Police Department Narcotics Unit working in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-12 conducted a narcotics interdiction in the area of Central Park Avenue north of Palmer Road resulting in the seizure of approximately eight (8) kilograms of alleged heroin and the arrest of two individuals for felony drug possession.
Detectives, Special Agents and investigators were conducting surveillance on Central Park Avenue and conducted a vehicle stop on a rented vehicle occupied by a male and female. Investigation at scene, including the utilization of drug sniffing K-9 dogs, yielded sufficient probable cause to obtain a search warrant resulting in the discovery of the eight separately wrapped packages of alleged heroin. The two occupants were placed under arrest, and the vehicle and drugs were recovered as evidence.
The defendants are identified as Javier LOZANO, a 54 year old resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Olga LOZANO, a 54 year old resident of Wyoming, Michigan. Both defendants have been charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1°, a Class A-I Felony; they have been remanded to the Westchester County Jail. The recovered alleged heroin as-is constitutes approximately two hundred thousand individual ‘decks’ with a street value of several million dollars.
Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Working together with our Federal, State, and Local partners, the Yonkers Police Department is committed to removing dangerous drugs from our communities; seizing this heroin will no doubt save lives and these arrests send a clear message to those who would traffic drugs through our City: you will get caught, you will get arrested, and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“The rampant use of opioids brings illicit profit making opportunities to dealers everywhere,” said Ray Donovan, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “On Monday, we arrested a Michigan man and his ex-wife who had brought eight kilograms of heroin/fentanyl to New York for resale.
Through a collaborative law enforcement operation, the traffickers were arrested and hundreds of thousands of dosage units taken off the streets.”
State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “I want to commend the work of our members along with our partners on the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. Through their efforts, we have prevented a significant amount of heroin from reaching the streets, and arrested those responsible. We simply will not tolerate this type of activity anywhere in New York State.”
The DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-12 comprises agents and officers of the DEA, New York City Police Department and New York State Police. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information about illegal drugs or narcotics in the City of Yonkers is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Narcotics Unit at (914) 377-TIPS (8477) – all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.
The HEART Initiative (Heroin Enforcement and Assistance Response Team) is Mayor Mike Spano’s and the Yonkers Police Department’s approach to combating the growing epidemic of heroin addiction. It consists of a three prong approach: Prevention, Assistance, and Enforcement. If you or someone you know has an addiction problem, please call (914) 377-7375 for information about assistance resources.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE: Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulos, Yonkers Police Communications Department.