6 Drug Traffickers Charged In Cocaine Bust At Times Square Hotel

Photos of NYSP cocaine seizure Oct. 25 near Times Square

Authorities have indicted 6 alleged drug traffickers who attempted to move more than 100 pounds of cocaine at a Times Square hotel.

According to the city Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, the suspects were under surveillance on Oct. 25 while staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Broadway.

One of the suspects, identified as Fernando Alvarado was observed exiting the hotel with a suitcase and placing it inside the trunk of a silver BMW. Police say Alvarado then climbed into the front passenger seat and the car drove off. A short time later, a second suspect, Luis Cuevas-Muniz, emerged from the Crowne Plaza carrying another suitcase and entered a parked livery cab, which drove off.

Investigators followed both cars. Cuevas-Muniz was observed exiting the livery cab a block away without the suitcase and heading back in the direction of the hotel on foot.

Investigators stopped the livery cab near the intersection of 57th Street and 8th Avenue and recovered a suitcase containing approximately 4 kilos (more than 8 lbs.) of cocaine. The driver, identified as Roberto Alvarez, was taken into custody by NYSP SIU investigators.

Subsequently, investigators stopped the BMW near 50th Street and 6th Avenue and recovered a suitcase containing approximately 14 kilos (over 30 lbs.) of cocaine. ALVARADO and the driver, Gerinerdo Hernandez, were arrested.

Police later arrested another man, Cuevas-Muniz at the hotel where he had a suitcase in his possession containing approximately 30 kilos (66 lbs.) of cocaine.

Two additional defendants identified as Kaleb Alteiry-Vazquez and Juan Alverio-Ruiz were apprehended inside the hotel room.

According to police, all the men had traveled to New York from Puerto Rico.