Officials have arrested 18 people in connection to a luxury auto theft ring in Queens.
The district attorney's office says that the group was responsible for the theft of 48 high-end vehicles with an estimated value of nearly $2.5 million.
Investigators say the thieves would track luxury cars using planted GPS devices and would often steal to buyers' orders.
Those arrested were tracked down through their use of false registrations to hide the stolen status of the vehicles.
Some of the suspects are also accused of being involved in the drug trade, with more than 20 kilograms of cocaine allegedly found in possession of two of the individuals.