May 13, 2019 By Christian Murray
Two California men have been charged with drug trafficking and a slew of other charges after police caught them red handed receiving 144 pounds of marijuana at a Flushing address on Wednesday, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Doobie Kim, 40, and Yeong Woo Choi, 35, were caught by an undercover police officer who was posing as deliveryman. The pair were nabbed when the officer delivered 14 large boxes of marijuana to the defendants at a Blossom Avenue address. Police then searched their car and found 1,000 vaporizer cartridges filled with liquid THC.
“Trafficking in marijuana is still illegal in New York,” said Acting Queens District Attorney John M. Ryan. “The two men charged in this case are alleged to have arrived at a designated meeting spot to pick up nearly 150 pounds of marijuana with a value of $650,000. The liquid THC – compressed into vaporizer cartridges – is worth more than $50,000.
The defendants were arraigned Thursday night and charged with operating as a major trafficker, second- and fifth-degree conspiracy, first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The pair were held in lieu of $100,000 bail and were ordered to return to court on May 28, 2019. Kim and Choi face up to 24 years in prison if convicted.
According to the charges, on May 6, 2019, the Suffolk County Police Department received information about a shipment of boxes being held at a commercial establishment in Farmingdale, Long Island.
Suffolk cops picked up the boxes and then sent them to the 109 Police Precinct since the delivery address was in Flushing.
Kim and Choi then met the police officer who was acting as a delivery man and made the arrest.