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BRONX NEWS: Drug dealer who sent son to Mexico as collateral gets 14 years


A drug dealer who sent his own son to Mexico as collateral in a multimillion-dollar heroin deal will spend the next 14 years behind bars.


Jose (Hippie) Mercedes was running a five-state smack ring from a Bronx apartment, and had a record 70 pounds of dope when federal agents arrested him in May 2015.


The Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecutors called the bust the largest heroin seizure in the city’s history — with million worth of drugs to get every one of the city’s 8.4 million residents high.


Mercedes, 49, was sentenced to 14 years in state prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision, on Tuesday.

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After months of surveillance and wiretaps, DEA task force found the heroin wrapped in 1-kilo packages with the street name Rolex, in a concealed trap compartment in the floor of a Chevrolet Suburban parked behind an apartment building on W. 251st St. in Fieldston.


Mercedes surrendered two “very close family members’ to the Sinaloa cartel, not as hostages, but as collateral in case something went wrong during one of his deals, the Daily News exclusively reported in 2015.


He lived the good life, and employed his son, brother, nieces and nephews in his drug conspiracy, requiring them to sacrifice their lives if need be, according to Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.


Whenever the drugs were en route to his operation, he was required to send one of his family members — often his nephew, and once, his teenage son — as a “guarantee.”

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During one trip to Mexico, his son suffered a severe head injury, according to court documents.


“No prison sentence could possibly compensate the thousands from every community who have lost loved ones to heroin addiction, but I hope this lengthy sentence and our successful investigation will serve as a warning to traffickers who try to use our city as their headquarters,” Brennan said.

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