2012-02-10 / Community

Local Busted On Federal Drug Charges

By Howard Schwach

A Rockaway resident learned the hard way that you should always get rid of the incriminating evidence before you call 911.

Late last year, Michael Cokley called 911 to report a gunpoint home invasion robbery.

When cops from the 101 Precinct showed up at his Far Rockaway apartment, Cokley invited the officers inside and began to recount his ordeal.

He told police that one robber bound him up with duct tape and guarded him, while the other ran off with his bank card to a local ATM and withdrew money.

But as the cops listened to Cokley’s sad tale, the officers smelled the distinctive aroma of marijuana.

Then they saw heroin lying out in the open, according to a report filed by Brooklyn federal prosecutors last week.

After getting a search warrant, precinct detectives discovered 34 grams of heroin, 91 glassine envelopes, four marijuana grinders, and an electronic scale inside Cokley’s apartment, the report says.

Eventually, the NYPD called in the feds and now Cokley is facing federal heroin distribution charges following his arrest by the FBI.

He’s pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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