Cops Seize Coke ‘Stockpile,’ Nab Three Dealers
Police busted three alleged drug dealers and netted 11.5 kilos of cocaine with a street value of more than $1.5 million in Far Rockaway last week.
Detectives with a warrant searched a fifth-floor apartment at 2210 Brookhaven Avenue, and recovered nine-kilogram "bricks" of cocaine as well as three bags containing another two-plus kilograms of cocaine, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Cops also found a scale allegedly used to measure the drugs and various packaging materials including plastic bags, said Brown.
Ramon Reynoso, 34, Leida Del Carmen Rodriguez, 35, and Edwin Rosario, 19, all of 2210 Brookhaven Avenue were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.
Brown said the three defendants were "warehousing a significant stockpile of cocaine."
The arrests are a result of an investigation into large-scale narcotics dealing in Queens by the NYPD’s Narcotics Divi sion in conjunction with the Organized Crime Control Bureau and the district attorney’s Narcotics Invest igation Bur eau, said Brown, who announc ed the defendant’s charges on Tuesday.
"Police and prosecutors have maintained a continuing focus on drug-dealing and drug-based violence that has afflicted the Far Rockaway community," Brown said.
The defendants were arraigned last Friday in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Gene Lopez.A0Reynoso and Rosario were remanded without bail and are due back in court on April 12. Bail for Rodriguez was set at $300,000. Her next court date was set for April 22.
"Police and prosecutors are continuing to work closely with the community and leaders in Far Rockaway to develop information about illegal narcotics that leads to arrest, prosecution and long prison sentences. The cooperation of law-abiding citizens is a key component in law enforcement’s efforts to improve public safety and the quality of life of the beleaguered neighborhood," said Brown.
Assistant District Attorney Daniel S. Bresnahan is prosecuting the case.