NC man arrested for trying to sell over 48 pounds of meth in NYC

The 19 bags of the substance Andrade-Mora tried to sell to an undercover agent as meth. The substance field tested as meth, but lab results have not yet returned. Photo credit DEA

NEW YORK — A North Carolina man was arrested on Wednesday after selling over 22 kilogram — or 48 pounds — of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover cop in Washington Heights, the DEA announced Friday.

Juvenal Andrade-Mora first met with the undercover agent in Flushing on Monday to sell a kilo of meth.

There he agreed to supply the officer with 19 more kilograms for a wholesale price of $11,000 per kilogram — $220,000 in total.

The DEA used electronic surveillance to track Andrade-Mora as he went to Atlanta to pick up the drugs.

On Wednesday, he delivered the meth in a suitcase near the intersection of West 155th Street and Broadway in Manhattan and was arrested around 12:35 p.m.

In the suitcase, police found about 21 kilograms of meth with a street value of over $2 million.

Authorities believe the drugs were synthesized in Mexico.

“Synthetic drugs are the most powerful and dangerous drugs found on the streets today,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III. “Fentanyl and methamphetamine are man-made synthetic drugs that have been unleashed on the streets causing overdoses and deaths nationwide.”

Andrade-Mora was charged with the criminal sale of a controlled substance and, if found guilty, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The judge could not hold him on bail because, while meth is a controlled substance in New York, it is not categorized as a narcotic drug.

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