Cops seize nearly $500,000 in marijuana during a major Flushing drug bust

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Six individuals face drug possession and other charges after cops conducted a massive bust at a Flushing residence this week which led to the seizure of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana and ketamine.

On March 13 at around 2:20 p.m., officers from the 109th Precinct Anti-Crime Unit were on plain-clothes patrol in an unmarked car when they observed three males standing at 146th Street and 58th Avenue near an SUV, law enforcement sources said.

Upon further surveillance, cops allegedly observed the individuals exchange large bundles of cash and vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana. When the officers approached the individuals and identified themselves, the men fled to a nearby residence, but were quickly apprehended.

Upon executing a search warrant on the Flushing home, officers recovered 195 pounds of marijuana — worth an estimated street value of $500,000. They also seized 19 bags of the painkiller ketamine, a machine used to print forged identification cards and more than $19,000 in cash.

Four Flushing residents were taken into custody: Chenfeng Li, 23; Feng Pan, 26; Rong Yang, 30; and Ling Ling Lin, 28. Also arrested at the scene were Brooklyn resident Hao Li, 28, and Wen Chen, 37, of Manhattan. Each suspect was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of marijuana and forgery.

The 109th Precinct took to Twitter to announce the arrests.

During the precinct’s community council meeting on March 14, Commanding Officer Judith Harrison commended the officers for their efforts.

“It was a great arrest,” Harrison said. “We were able to go in; we executed that search warrant [and put] six people under arrest and a lot of drugs off the streets.”