2006-01-20 / Front Page

Police Bag Five In ‘Crack-Pot’ Apartment

By Brian Magoolaghan


Police from the 101 Precinct stand with the drugs, cash and other items recovered last week from an apartment in Far Rockaway. From left: Police Officer Armeek Hunter, Lieutenant Jason Schleyer, Police Officer Tara Cuccias, Police Officer Thomas Cappola, Police Officer Melissa Murphy, Police Officer Shaquan Harwin, Lieutenant Gary Messina, Sergeant Patrick Kenny and Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski.Police from the 101 Precinct stand with the drugs, cash and other items recovered last week from an apartment in Far Rockaway. From left: Police Officer Armeek Hunter, Lieutenant Jason Schleyer, Police Officer Tara Cuccias, Police Officer Thomas Cappola, Police Officer Melissa Murphy, Police Officer Shaquan Harwin, Lieutenant Gary Messina, Sergeant Patrick Kenny and Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski. Five people were arrested last week after police searched a Far Rockaway apartment and found crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside.

Police from the 101 Precinct searched apartment 4C at 445 Beach 51 Street last Friday morning and found nine bags of crack cocaine, each containing $10 rocks, and more than 60 small bags containing $10 of marijuana each. They also seized assorted drug paraphernalia, more than $750 in cash and a dozen cellular phones.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Paynter authorized the search after investigators presented him with evidence that suggested the apartment was a hotspot for drug-related activity.

Officers arrested five residents of the apartment: Kimark Smith, 23, Edward Lindo, 50, Lovie Smith, 56, Janique Smith, 18, and Kenneth Smith, 18. The Administration for Children’s Services took two children into custody, which earned child endangerment charges for each of the five adults present.

Kimark Smith is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana. His bail was set at $15,000, and he is due back in court on January 30, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The four others are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana. They were released on their own recognizance and were expected back in court this week

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