Glen Cove cops: Suspects had 43 pounds of pot

Glen Cove police, along with the Nassau County Glen Cove police, along with the Nassau County police K-9 Unit, arrested three suspects Friday afternoon after confiscating 43 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of between $50,000 and $60,000, from a car as the suspects were driving on Brewster Street in Glen Cove Friday afternoon. Police also recovered $2,000 in cash from the suspects. (May 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Glen Cove PD

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A trio of accused drug couriers who had allegedly just picked up 43 pounds of marijuana from a Glen Cove UPS depot were arrested Friday after a "reliable" tip to police, Glen Cove police said.

Authorities say that the men -- Voncliff Bish, 45, of Mount Vernon; Damion Cox, 31 of Jamaica, Queens; and Devon Wheatley, 50, of the Bronx -- were stopped and arrested Friday about 3:49 p.m. while driving on Brewster Street. The marijuana was found inside the truck, said police, who also seized $2,000 in cash during the arrest. Police said the marijuana was worth $50,000.

Each man was charged with felony possession of marijuana, court records show.

On Saturday, during back to back arraignments, Judge Martin Massell of District Court in Hempstead ordered each of the men jailed on $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail.

Cox's attorney, Timothy Aldridge, said after arraignment that his client was helping a friend by driving him to pick up a package, unaware of its contents.

"My guy didn't sign for the package and never actually was inside the building. He claims he did nothing but pick up a friend to pick up the package, threw it in his trunk. Didn't ask about it. Wasn't any of his business," Aldridge of Levittown said. "And next thing you know, he's getting arrested."

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The other men's attorneys could not be immediately reached for comment.

The "reliable" tip that alerted police to the drugs was that a shipment of marijuana was being sent to the city. The shipment was tracked to the depot, where the three suspects allegedly went to pick up the shipment and later loaded packages into the vehicle, said arresting officer Det. Lt. John Nagle.

The case is due back in court May 7.

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