April 2, 2021 By Allie Griffin
Investigators raided a Jamaica apartment Monday and found more than 50 kilograms of cocaine, a loaded handgun and cash.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and state police executed a search warrant for a seventh-floor apartment on 89th Avenue near 153rd Street Monday.
They recovered the cocaine inside a closet that was branded with “CR7” — the nickname of the popular soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The agents also recovered $10,000, a Thunder Pro Compact 45ACP firearm and drug paraphernalia such as a kilogram press, vacuum bags, shrink wrap and money counting machines commonly used in large scale narcotics distribution.
The officers had been surveilling the apartment as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Earlier in the day, they watched Christopher Jones enter the 17-story apartment building empty-handed and walk out with a suitcase a short time later.
Jones, 43, put the suitcase in a blue Dodge Caravan and drove off. He was followed by agents and stopped soon after. Authorities found $200,00 in cash inside the suitcase and arrested Jones.
Police continued to monitor the apartment and then arrested Wykim Williams, also 43, who was near the building complex at the time of the raid.
“It is shocking to find, in an apartment closet in a large residential development across the street from a public park, a stash of cocaine worth $2 million dollars, a handgun and equipment to support large scale narcotics trafficking.” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan.
Jones and Williams were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees, criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
Both were arraigned Tuesday. A judge set bail at $150,000 for Jones and $250,000 for Williams.