July 31, By Jason Cohen
Two Brooklyn men who were caught by police in possession of 500 pounds of marijuana and numerous other drugs were sentenced to prison Friday.
A marijuana shipment was seized from a U-Haul truck in 2016 based on a tip from federal authorities that led to their arrest.
“These defendants were in possession of large amounts of narcotics – many of them highly dangerous – that were intended to be distributed on Brooklyn streets,” said Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said. “We remain vigilant against all drug dealers seeking to peddle poison on the streets of Brooklyn and today’s sentence is an appropriate penalty for this crime.”
Philip Feng, 37, of Brooklyn Heights, was sentenced to five years in prison following his plea to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Victor Bae, 36, of Greenpoint, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison following his plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first degree criminal possession of marijuana. The defendants were ordered to forfeit a total of $152,736 in cash.
On March 9, 2016, working on a tip from the Department of Homeland Security, a New York City Police Department detective observed the defendants loading boxes into a U-Haul truck at a freight distribution center on Maspeth Avenue in Brooklyn.
Police followed the truck and initiated a traffic stop on a street corner in Greenpoint. Feng, who was driving the truck with a suspended license, stated that they were moving personal items from California to a warehouse at 234 Java Street.
The officer recovered approximately 350 pounds of marijuana from the truck. A subsequent search warrant for the Java Street warehouse recovered a loaded .22-caliber revolver, 150 pounds of marijuana, packs of PCP, hundreds of vials of steroids, 188 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, about 200 vials of liquid THC, quantities of LSD, MDMA and methylone, liquid codeine, marijuana edibles, $152,736 in cash and drug paraphernalia.