Officer hurt during drug arrest in Corona: Brown

The Brooklyn Paper

CORONA — A 49-year-old Corona man was arrested after he allegedly injured an officer while resisting arrest after being spotted putting cocaine in his mouth, the Queens district attorney said.

George Powell, of 113-15 34th Ave. in Corona, was arraigned Sept. 9 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti on charges of assault, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance, Queens DA Richard Brown said.

The defendant, held on $7,500 bail, will return to court Sept. 23, the DA said.

Powell allegedly was spotted by police Sept. 9 as he stuffed three rocks of cocaine into his mouth at the corner of Jackson Mill Road and 97th Street in Corona, the DA said. He is alleged to have flailed his arms and legs and fought off police officers who attempted to arrest him, punching one officer and causing bruises to his face and back as well as spraining his knee, the DA said. Another officer allegedly suffered a sprained wrist, Brown said.

Police allegedly recovered an envelope with cocaine from the defendant’s sock, the DA said.

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