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NEW YORK — An investigation of a pair of New York City drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million, authorities said Tuesday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan called the heroin seizure the largest ever recorded by the DEA in New York state. Agents arrested Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco, both of the Bronx, and recovered $2 million in cash, officials said.

Authorities believe the ring had been receiving similar-size shipments each month from suppliers in Mexico. They say it was a main source of heroin for users in New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

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‘‘To put it in perspective, this load was so large it carried the potential of supplying a dose of heroin to every man, woman, and child in New York City,’’ Brennan said in a statement.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators monitoring wiretaps learned the defendants were expecting a large drug shipment over the weekend. They followed the two suspects as they traveled in tandem in a Chevy Suburban and another vehicle to an industrial area of Montville, N.J., where tractor-trailers were parked, and then to a residential part of the Bronx, the complaint said.

Mercedes and Francisco were ordered held without bail.

Associated Press