Jamaica, Queens – Prosecutors in New York announced on Friday that Timothy Hawkins, 52, a lab technician at CUNY York College, and Barry Salter, 47, his alleged drug dealer, were arraigned before the Queens Criminal Court and charged with possessing and selling cocaine near a local college campus and a public high school.
The 9-months NYPD investigation on Hawkins and Salter that began last April, ended in officers from the Narcotics division reportedly recovering 2 kilos of cocaine, two digital scales, a money counter and $2,000 in cash during a court-authorized raid in Salter’s apartment, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. It is also alleged that undercover officers bought cocaine from Hawkins, who left the college with the “buyers” to pick up their drugs from Salter’s apartment in Wexford Terrace.
Hawkins was allegedly seen selling the cocaine twice near the Queens High School for the Sciences, which is on the York College campus.
This investigation is another example of police and prosecutors working together to reduce drug dealing that too often plagues our neighborhoods. We are committed to continuing to employ aggressive and innovative tactics to track down and prosecute drug dealers and others who would flood our streets with drugs and lure our children into lives of crime. If convicted, the defendants face considerable time behind bars. – Brown
Hawkins was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near school grounds, criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Salter’s charges included criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
Both men will remain behind bars until their court dates on February 1. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.