Six men were caught with more than 3,000 pounds of weed after drug enforcement officers reportedly spotted them transferring it between vehicles in the parking lot of a Queens supermarket yesterday.
According to the Queens DA [pdf], members of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force were standing near the Good Fortune Supermarket in Elmhurst around 1:30 a.m. yesterday when they saw the men loading boxes from an 18-wheel tractor trailer into a U-Haul Truck and a cargo van.
Upon getting closer, the officers reportedly detected the overwhelming fragrance of marijuana radiating from the truck and boxes. They got even closer, and saw seven pallets containing cardboard boxes stacked around six feet high. The boxes allegedly held an estimated $3.5 million worth of weed, in addition to between $200,000 and $300,000 in cash stuffed in the vehicles.
Weiyang Yao, 47, and Yuejiang Zeng, 53, both of California, Shan Wu Zhang, 30, of Canada, and Duanzhao Zhang, 38, Tong Shun Zhang, 29, and Tong Zhew Zhang, 24, all from Brooklyn, were arrested on charges of criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree.