2010-06-04 / Top Stories

Cops See Hammels Drug Deal, Bust Two

“She’s My Wife,” Perp Says
By Howard Schwach

A Brooklyn man who, cops say, came to Rockaway to score some drugs, was busted, along with his local supplier, by police officers from the 100 Precinct on May 26, after officers spotted the two making the drug transaction.

According to court records supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Police Officer Jessica Alvarado spotted the two doing business in front of 86-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in the sprawling Hammel Houses complex, at about 11:15 a.m.

Court documents say that Tasheem Montgomery, 25, of 81-05 Beach Channel Drive, was seen handing over bags of drugs to Lawson Harper, 21, of Thomas Boylan Avenue in Brooklyn.

Police Officer Alvarado grabbed Harper and found the drugs in his pocket.

Sergeant Robert Borrelli approached Montgomery and attempted to put him in handcuffs, but Montgomery allegedly pushed the police sergeant and ran away.

He was caught after a short chase.

This is the second time in less than a week that Montgomery has been arrested by police officers from the 100 Precinct.

On May 20, Jasmine Herrera flagged down a police car driven by Police Officer Alex Martins.

Martins said in a deposition that he saw Montgomery holding Herrera’s arm and twisting it.

When the police officer told Montgomery to let go of Herrera’s arm, the man said that Herrera was his wife.

Montgomery refused.

When Martins attempted to take the man’s hand off the woman, court documents show, Montgomery pushed him and cursed at him, saying, “What’s your problem, she’s my wife.”

He then refused to be arrested, flailing his arms at the cop who attempted to handcuff him.

He was later arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of harassment and resisting arrest.

In relation to the later drug bust, Montgomery was arraigned on May 27 on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and resisting arrest.

He was released on his own recognizance for his next hearing, which is set for July 14.

Harper was arraigned on May 26, charged with criminal possession of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance for his next hearing, which is set for June 29.

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