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2 Charged In Massive Boston-New York City Cocaine Bust In The Bronx

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Two residents of Puerto Rico are facing drug-related charges after authorities made a massive cocaine bust in the Bronx.

Officials said 136 pounds of cocaine worth $3 million was seized in two separate arrests. The drugs are believed to have been shipped to New York City from Boston.

Authorities said a rental car with 110 pounds of cocaine inside was pulled over at the intersection of Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway around 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

Officials allege 24-year-old Xavier Herbert Gumbs, who was a passenger in the car, told an officer he had put the box holding the bricks of cocaine in the car.

Bronx Cocaine Bust
Authorities made two arrests in the Bronx that resulted in the seizure of 136 pounds of cocaine (Credit: Handout)

About an hour later, police said as 23-year-old U.S. Army Reserves Private Mark Soto took a duffel bag out of the trunk of a vehicle on Corlear Avenue and West 231 Street, officers spotted what appeared to be an open box containing cocaine. Soto was arrested and 26 pounds of cocaine was seized, officials said.

Soto's vehicle also contained an identification card with Herbert-Gumbs' name and photograph, prosecutors said.

Bronx Cocaine Bust
Authorities made two arrests in the Bronx that resulted in the seizure of 136 pounds of cocaine (Credit: Handout)

An ongoing investigation by state and federal prosecutors identified the pair as members of a major narcotics trafficking network.

Soto and Gumbs were arraigned Friday in Manhattan on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $400,000.

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