2004-03-12 / Community

Narcs Nab Two In Coke Deal At Blackwater

Narcs Nab Two In Coke Deal At Blackwater

Police arrested two Rockaway men, one of them a Brooklyn schoolteacher, for allegedly possessing marijuana and selling cocaine to an undercover narcotics officer at a local bar after last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Kevin McConnell, 32, and Angel Romero, 21, were arrested at the Black water Inn, 112-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, just after 7 p.m. last Saturday night. McConnell, of 103-00 Shore Front Parkway, is a teacher at Ditmas Junior High School (IS 62); Romero, if 102-00 Shore Front Par way, is reportedly an employee at Dunkin’ Donuts.

The two men were arraigned on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and marijuana possession before Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Paynter. Bail for both men was set at $5,000.

According to court documents, an un dercover officer approached McCon nell, asked for cocaine, and then gave him an undisclosed sum of money. McConnell then allegedly walked over to Romero, exchanged the money for cocaine, and then returned to the officer with the illegal drug.

After arresting McConnell and Romero, police said they discovered both men also had marijuana on them. Romero carried 10 bags in his waistband, while McConnell had one in the pocket of his pants, according to court documents.

McConnell was reportedly assigned to an administrative position while the matter is being resolved. His attorney, Thomas C. Monaghan, said McConnell has an "exemplary record" and would be cleared of the charges. Romero’s attorney, Melody Glover, declined to comment.

The next court date for both men is March 23.

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