You are reading

Two Men Caught With Two Kilos of Fentanyl During Traffic Stop in Bayside: DA

Dec. 8, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Two men were caught with two kilos of fentanyl in their car last week during a traffic stop in Bayside.

The men — Navarro Gonzalez, 26, of California, and Esquer, 48, of Jalisco, Mexico — were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other crimes in Queens Criminal Court Friday.

Gonzalez was driving a silver Ford Escape with Esquer in the passenger seat near Northern Boulevard and 204th Street on Dec. 1 when he made a right turn without signaling, according to the Queens district attorney.

An officer pulled the car over for the traffic infraction and allegedly discovered fentanyl hidden in the vehicle. Cops then discovered the drug—in green saran wrap bricks—inside the passenger airbag, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

A police lab confirmed the substance recovered from the vehicle was fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

The use of fentanyl on its own or mixed in with other drugs has led to a significant uptick in overdose deaths across the nation—and in the borough—in recent years.

“Fentanyl has played a key role in the dramatic increase we’ve seen in fatal drug overdoses in Queens,” she said. “It is a dangerous drug that must be kept off our streets.”

Gonzalez and Esquer were arraigned Friday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee. They were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first, fifth and seventh degrees and a traffic violation.

They are set to return to court on Feb. 1. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Long Island woman sentenced to more than two decades in prison for 2021 hit-and-run that killed NYPD cop: DA

A Long Island woman was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for speeding through an NYPD roadblock while drunk and killing a highway patrolman in a 2021 hit-and-run collision on the Long Island Expressway in Fresh Meadows.

Jessica Beauvais, 35, of Myrtle Avenue in Hempstead, was convicted in October of aggravated manslaughter and other crimes following a 13-day trial in Queens Supreme Court. Beauvais had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit two hours after plowing into Detective Anastasios Tsakos while he was diverting traffic around another fatal collision, and then speeding away from the scene of the collision.

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: felony assaults across the borough on the rise, burglaries down slightly in northern Queens

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of felony assaults across Queens increased during the 28-day period from Jan. 22 through Feb. 18, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Tuesday. At the same time, the number of reported burglaries experienced a slight but noticeable drop in northern Queens.

Queens father, son charged with possessing cache of loaded ghost gun assault weapons in Fresh Meadows home: DA

A Fresh Meadows father and son are criminally charged with possessing an arsenal of loaded ghost gun assault weapons that were found after a court-authorized search was executed at their home on Wednesday.

Hyung-Suk Woo, 26, and his father, Jin-In Woo, 55, of 198th Street, were arraigned late Wednesday night on a 130-count indictment charging them with 97 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and a slew of other charges after the raid uncovered the assault weapons, as well as silencers made with a 3-D printer and other weapons-related paraphernalia, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Thursday.