Suspicious Drug Ball Found in Ridgewood During a Regular Traffic Stop
Police arrested two men after encountering them near Woodward Avenue and Starr Street.
Two Bushwick men had a powdery ball of drugs while driving through Ridgewood, and they wound up dropping it to cops after being pulled over for a broken tail light on Wednesday night, police said.
Officers from the 104th Precinct on patrol in the area of Starr Street and Woodward Avenue observed a black 2003 Acura sedan traveling through the intersection with a defective right tail light at 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 15, law enforcement sources said.
Authorities noted that the officers pulled the vehicle over and found Bushwick’s Rafael Nieves, 29, of Montrose Avenue sitting behind the wheel and Elier Barreto, 43, of Wilson Avenue in the passenger seat.
Police said Nieves did not have a valid driver’s license. Upon inspecting both Nieves and Barreto, sources said, they recovered from them a large ball of an unidentified narcotic — possibly cocaine or heroin — in their possession along with a small amount of marijuana.
The ball of powder was taken to the NYPD lab for testing to determine what it is.
Nieves and Barreto were taken into custody at the scene and variously charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Court records noted that both men were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Feb. 16; Nieves was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, while Barreto’s bail was set at $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash. They are due back in court on March 2.
Featured image courtesy of NYPD's 104th precinct.
A version of this story originally appeared on QNS.com.