DRUG-RELATED KIDNAPPING IN NEW YORK LEADS TO $1 MILLION OF DRUGS

Hudson Valley officials helped an investigation of an alleged kidnapping and assault in New York. Officials say they seized over $1 million worth of drugs.

The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force assisted in a multi-agency investigation into an alleged kidnapping and assault that resulted in the seizure of more than a million dollars in narcotics, the Rockland County DA’s office announced on Thursday.

An indictment filed in Manhattan Supreme Court charges two men in connection with a kidnapping and assault that allegedly occurred on January 31, in the Bronx. An investigation revealed that the alleged incident stemmed from the theft of drugs that investigators believe happened days prior.

Portions of the kidnapping incident were captured in audio and video recordings recovered on the defendants’ cellphones, and from a surveillance system at the basement apartment where the kidnapping and assault are alleged to have occurred.

A 16-count indictment was released on Thursday. Ronny Jimenez Peralta and Cesar Jimenez Alonso face charges of conspiracy, criminal possession of a controlled substance, kidnapping, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

The investigation involved a court-authorized search of a basement apartment located at 1853 Bronxdale Avenue that served as an alleged drug stash location, officials say. The investigation also revealed the defendants allegedly used the apartment to kidnap and assault one unnamed person.

The search resulted in the seizure of approximately 4.2 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and more, officials say.

The DEA estimates the street value of the narcotics at approximately $1 million.

Also, inside the apartment were items allegedly used during the kidnapping and assault, including plastic handcuffs, an iron, and duct tape.

A loaded gun was recovered in the dresser drawer, officials say.

Officials didn’t detail how law enforcement in the Lower Hudson Valley helped but officials thanked New York State Police and said the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and Yonkers Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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