2003-10-31 / Front Page

Talamo Still Making Busts In Rockaway

By Brian Magoolaghan
Talamo Still Making Busts In Rockaway By Brian Magoolaghan

A woman was arrested last week for snorting cocaine right under the nose of police officers, including former 100 Precinct Commanding Officer Charles Talamo, police said.

Talamo left the 100 Precinct Community Council meeting at the Beach 90 Street Rockaway Knights of Columbus, at about 9 p.m., and noticed Kathleen T. Murphy, 47, who allegedly had a rolled-up dollar bill in her nose, a police source said.

Murphy, who was the passenger in a black Ford SUV, was "right out side" of the K of C, said the police source who was surprised Murphy didn’t conceal her alleged actions.

Murphy is charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the district attorney’s office. Elien Gonzalez, 36, the driver of the Ford, faces the same charges, but police seemed to be sure that the cocaine belonged to Murphy. Gonzalez denies the allegations and has been offered a non-criminal plea of disorderly conduct, according to a source close to her defense.

Talamo told the DA Murphy was holding a straw, which had cocaine residue on it, in one hand, and the dollar bill in the other, when he approached her. He recovered both items, and a plastic bag containing cocaine from near the center console of the Ford, he also said. Murphy’s attorney did not return a call for comment by press time.

Talamo’s by-chance bust came just weeks after he was transferred to the 107 Precinct.

Both defendants were arraigned on October 23 – the day after their arrest, and were released on their own recognizance. Their next court date is November 13.

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