By Christina Carrega
A Woodside man is facing up to eight years in prison after a police dog allegedly sniffed out his stash of 392 bags of pure marijuana and more than 60,000 vials of synthetic marijuana inside a College Point warehouse.
During an ongoing investigation in Brooklyn on Jan. 4, police intercepted the shipment of four pallets that contained a large vacuum sealed bag and several smaller boxes of an unknown substance that was expected to be delivered to the City Close Storage on 192th Street in Queens.
After dogs examined the containers, a search warrant was issued which revealed marijuana and its alternative known as THC. Prosecutors said, the officers re-packaged the shipment and proceeded to deliver it to its intended recipient.
“An unsuspecting late night visit by police armed with a court-authorized search warrant led to the arrest of a Queens man on drug charges and the seizure of large amounts of marijuana and THC — an extract or synthetic form of marijuana,” said Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “Let this be a warning to all those who deal drugs in Queens, that you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”
On Jan. 7, detectives delivery the shipment in a truck to the warehouse and called the number listed on the packing slip. The person who answered the phone said they would send someone to pick up the package.
Prosecutors said Phillip Kim showed up to the location, accepted the shipment and was arrested. Kim, 35, was arraigned on Tuesday night with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Queens Criminal Court Judge Eugene Guarino agreed to release Kim into the city’s supervised release program and ordered him back to court on Feb. 20.