June 5, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
Three men were arrested over the weekend after police raided a Flushing home and seized 43 pounds of marijuana, a variety of opioids, and over $37,000 in cash, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
The Queens North Narcotics Squad searched the Flushing home, located at 47-04 163 St., on June 1 around 1:45 p.m. after executing a search warrant stemming from an ongoing investigation, according to the NYPD.
The raid came a day after police staked out the 163rd St. home and discovered 51-year-old John Lao from Bayside and an unidentified man entering the home carrying duffle bags.
Lao was arrested as he exited the home by an undercover office later that evening, on May 31.
The undercover officer said that he could see several vacuum-shut bags through the doorway at the time of the arrest that appeared to be filled with marijuana.
This prompted an officer to conduct a security sweep of the location, according to the Queens DA.
On June 1, the police executed the search warrant and raided the house.
The Narcotics squad found 40 bags of vacuum-sealed marijuana in the duffle bags and five additional bags of marijuana in the basement. All told, there were 43 pounds of marijuana on the premises.
Police also uncovered five ziplock bags of crystal meth; a ziplock bag containing seven MDMA pills, another bag containing 11 Oxycodone pills, a glass vial containing powder ketamine, and five other glass vials containing 1,000 milligrams of ketamine each.
Police also found $37,080 in cash hidden under a couch in the living room.
The police then arrested Ling Tsang, 56, of New Jersey, and Jing Zhang, of California, following the search. Both men were in the house on May 31, according to police.
All three men have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana and face up to 10 years in prison, the Queens DA’s office said.
The suspects appeared in Queens Criminal Court for arraignment on June 1 and their cases were adjourned to June 27.
NYPD’s 109th Precinct took to twitter to post pictures of the seized substances and to thank the NYPD Queens North Narcotics team.
Great job by Queens North Narcotics in making this large seizure of various controlled substances and marijuana in the @NYPD109Pct. Thank you for helping keep our community safe. #NYPDProtecting @NYPDQueensNorth pic.twitter.com/cPL8JBHvQs
— NYPD 109th Precinct (@NYPD109Pct) June 1, 2019