Flushing, Queens- A hand-to-hand transaction at a parked SUV, led police to discover nearly 200 pounds of marijuana, ketamine and a large stash of money, according to officials.
On Tuesday at approximately 2:20 PM, plainclothes officers from the 109th precinct’s anti-crime unit were conducting a patrol in an unmarked vehicle when they observed three males standing near a 2015 Honda SUV, which was parked in front of a residence located at 146-44 58th Avenue.
Officers started watching the males and saw them exchange large bundles of cash and vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, according to officials.
When officers approached the alleged suspects and identified themselves, the men ran into a nearby residence, but officers were able to quickly take them into custody, police said.
Police obtained a search warrant for the residence at 146-44 58th Ave and then conducted a search, which resulted in officers finding, “195 pounds of marijuana, 19 glassine envelopes of ketamine, a machine used to print forged IDs and over $ 19,000 in cash,” police officials stated.
The NYPD said the 195 pounds of marijuana have an estimated street value of about $ 500,000 and the 19 envelopes of ketamine have an estimated street value of about $ 1,000 dollars.
Officials stated all three males who fled from police were charged with criminal possession a forgery device, marijuana, and ketamine—a controlled substance under New York law.
Three females in their 20’s—all residents of the home that was raided—were also arrested and received the same charges as the three males, according to officials.
It was not immediately clear if police suspect these six individuals of being apart of a larger drug operation.
Great arrest of 6 people by our anti-crime team and the seizure of 195 pounds of marijuana, 19 glassine envelopes of ketamine, a machine used to print forged IDs and over $19K pic.twitter.com/Lhh9xlTnfv
— NYPD 109th Precinct (@NYPD109Pct) March 14, 2018