Cops Find Drugs After Maspeth Accident
Three Brooklyn men injured in a two-car crash at a Maspeth intersection on Sunday morning, Aug. 10, were later booked by police on drug possession charges after officers found quantities of heroin and marijuana in their vehicle, it was reported.
Police said Julian Soto, 23, of South Second Street in Williamsburg; Josie Taveras, 23, of Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg; and Anthony Colon, 27, of Milford Street in East New York suffered injuries in the accident at the corner of Hamilton Place and westbound Borden Avenue.
While Soto and Colon suffered minor injuries, law enforcement sources stated, Taveras was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering severe head trauma.
Each of them, however, were placed in police custody after officers discovered unspecified quantities of heroin and marijuana in the 2004 red Nissan Maxima they rode in.
According to police, the accident occurred at about 9:47 a.m. Sunday morning, as Soto drove the Nissan Maxima at a high rate of speed westbound along Borden Avenue. Taveras rode in the front passenger seat, while Colon sat in the rear, authorities stated.
Upon reaching Hamilton Place, it was reported, Soto allegedly ignored a solid red light and smashed into a 2009 black Mercedes-Benz driven by a 35-year-old man traveling along Hamilton Place.
Members of the 104th Precinct responded to the scene along with the NYPD Highway Patrol Unit 3, NYPD Emergency Services Unit 10, Squad Co. 288, Engine Co. 291, Ladder companies 136 and 140, Rescue 4, Battalion 46 and EMS units.
Paramedics brought Soto, Colon and Taveras to Elmhurst Hospital Center. The Mercedes-Benz’s driver was not injured.
All three suspects were charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana. Soto was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the impairment of drugs and various traffic violations.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, the suspects are being held pending arraignment.