Two NYC men charged with several felonies
GLOVERSVILLE — Two New York City men are facing a number of felony charges following the discovery of dozens of baggies containing crack cocaine, according to city police.
Jonathan Hernandez, 27, of 590 Gates Ave., Apartment 2E in Brooklyn and Laquan Warren, 23, of 345 Livonia Ave. in Brooklyn were charged on Friday with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony; and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Hernandez was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and Warren was additionally charged with false personation.
Officers said at about 1:30 p.m., members of the department’s patrol division initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle and traffic violation. Members of the patrol division made contact with the operator of the vehicle, who identified himself as Jonathan Hernandez. Hernandez advised officers that he did not possess a valid New York state driver’s license.
When talked with the passenger of the vehicle, he provided two separate fake names, but was ultimately identified as Laquan Warren.
Both Warren and Hernandez advised members of patrol that they were on parole, and were from Brooklyn. The officers also smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and learned that neither Warren, nor Hernandez were the owner of the vehicle.
The Gloversville Police Department’s Detective Division was called in to help.
Those officers recognized both Warren and Hernandez as having been previously arrested in April of 2014 for a narcotics offense.
Hernandez was taken into custody for the vehicle and traffic offense, and Warren was taken into custody for false personation.
At the station, a search was conducted on the vehicle. Detectives uncovered a disguised false container, which was found to contain 43 bags of crack cocaine, packaged for sale. The total weight of the crack cocaine totaled about 13 grams. About 10 grams of marijuana was also discovered in the false container.
During a search of his person subsequent to his arrest, Hernandez was additionally found to be in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine, also packaged for sale.
Warren and Hernandez were processed and held for arraignment in City Court.
Hernandez and Warren were previously charged in April 2014 with possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Both were sentenced in August 2014 to two years in prison in the case.
In that incident, a man allegedly shot at a person in a drug-and-gang related incident.
On April 29, 2014, Rasheen Behlin, 29, of Brooklyn and two other men broke into a 77 Fremont St. apartment and beat two men with a hammer and a handgun before firing a shot at one victim, grazing his face, police said in a release.
Behlin tried to shoot the victim through a pillow. Police at the time said Behlin used the pillow to muffle the gunshot and intended to kill the victim, the release said.
Police said the victim also was bound and suffered a broken wrist and knee in the attack.
The other two suspects went to the victim’s apartment to get money owed them from a drug purchase.
Hernandez and Warren were charged after police went to 7 Beech St., where they were, during the investigation to search for weapons, where police found more than 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine with an approximate street value of $5,000. Two other men were charged alongside Hernandez and Warren in that case.
During the search of the Beech Street house, one of the suspects tossed a bag of narcotics out a window, where it happened to fall into the hands of a Gloversville police captain, the release said.
Warren was released from Greene Correctional Facility in October 2015 on parole for the 2014 incident. Hernandez was released from a Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in July 2015.
Prepared by Kerry Minor