January 16, 2019
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
Ex-husband and wife duo from Michigan arrested in Yonkers, NY with eight kilograms of heroin
YONKERS, N.Y. – On Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, members of the DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-12 and Yonkers Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted a narcotics interdiction in the area of Central Park Avenue north of Palmer Road resulting in the seizure of approximately eight kilograms of alleged heroin and the arrest of two individuals for felony drug possession.
Special agents, detectives 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, 54, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Olga Lozano, 54, of Wyoming, Mich. Both defendants have been charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 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.
“The rampant use of opioids brings illicit profit making opportunities to dealers everywhere,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. “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.”
“Working together with our federal, state, and local partners, the Yonkers Police Department is committed to removing dangerous drugs from our communities," said Police Commissioner Charles Gardner. "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.”
“I want to commend the work of our members along with our partners on the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, said State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II. "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.