2003-07-31 / Other News

Marijuana Stash Found On Truck In Terminal Market

Marijuana Stash Found On Truck In Terminal Market

Police Officer Kevin Galimi, left, and Sergeant Ray Singletary of the 69th Precinct count blocks of marijuana that were discovered within a shipment of potatoes trucked into the Brooklyn Terminal Market Tuesday. The case is currently in the hands of the NYPD Narcotics Unit.				         Charles RogersPolice Officer Kevin Galimi, left, and Sergeant Ray Singletary of the 69th Precinct count blocks of marijuana that were discovered within a shipment of potatoes trucked into the Brooklyn Terminal Market Tuesday. The case is currently in the hands of the NYPD Narcotics Unit. Charles Rogers

While checking vegetables trucked to the Brooklyn Terminal Market in a tractor-trailer from Florida Monday, a produce inspector discovered a number of large neatly wrapped bricks of what appeared to be marijuana, police said. The inspector, whose name was not released, flagged down 69th Precinct Police Officer Kevin Galimi, who was patrolling the area and checked out the cache, which appeared to be "at least 20 pounds," he said.

Galimi contacted Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Ray Singletary, who also searched the truck, discovering that the alleged narcotics were contained in the bottom of a 40-lb. box of potatoes. Singletary said the shipment apparently originated in Jamaica, subsequently being sent to Florida for shipment to the Brooklyn market. A drug-sniffing dog from the NYPD K-9 Unit was called to the scene and the dog indicated there was more residue discovered on other boxes.

There were no arrests made and detectives from the Narcotics Division are currently pursuing the case, Singletary said. He noted that the marijuana was tested at the site and the results were positive.

"We don’t know at this time how much value we’re talking about," he said, "but it could be thousands and thousands of dollars."


Confiscated marijuana found hidden in a box of potatoes at Brooklyn Terminal MarketConfiscated marijuana found hidden in a box of potatoes at Brooklyn Terminal Market

Charles Rogers

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