Routine Traffic Stop Yields Two Kilos of Coke: DA

Routine Traffic Stop Yields Two Kilos of Coke: DA

PHOTO:  A routine traffic stop in Corona for a black 2012 Audi A7 (similar to the one pictured) with extremely dark window tints led to the discovery of a large amount of cocaine, weapons, and more than $10,000 in cash.  Photo Courtesy of Audizine

A Corona man has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other offenses after police noticed the vehicle he was driving had extremely dark windows and conducted a routine traffic stop. Cops eventually discovered a package in the car that allegedly contained two kilograms of cocaine, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Wolter Pena, (also known as Wolter Pena Almanzar), 27, was arraigned last Friday on charges of first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a violation of equipment of motor vehicles and motorcycles in regards to the tinted windows. Pena was held without bail and is due in court again on Dec. 1.

According to the charges, police officers on patrol in the vicinity of 108th Street and Corona Avenue last Wednesday noticed a black 2012 Audi A7 with a tinted windshield and windows allegedly so dark cops could not see inside the vehicle. The police initiated a car stop. It is alleged that during the stop, an officer noticed a gravity knife hanging from Pena’s pants. He was arrested, and both he and the vehicle were taken to the 110th Precinct.

In addition to the gravity knife, Brown said, cops confiscated a pair of brass knuckles and approximately $10,500 in cash. They also allegedly found a package labeled as having been mailed through the United States Postal Service from Puerto Rico in the trunk of Pena’s Audi. A search warrant was authorized last Thursday, and the package was opened, revealing two kilos of cocaine inside.

If convicted, Pena faces up to 24 years in prison.

Brown lauded 110th Precinct investigators for “good police work [that] led to the discovery of four pounds of cocaine that had been mailed into Queens County from Puerto Rico. Drug dealers beware—this is not the place to distribute illegal drugs. This defendant is now facing a long term behind bars if convicted.”



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