When police raided Jamie Corchado’s Kew Gardens deli in 2011, sugar, salt and flour weren’t the only white powders being sold out of the shop.
The 37-year-old Corchado, a Long Island resident, was convicted of second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana and fourth-degree conspiracy last Tuesday.
He faces up to 15 years in prison on the weapons charges and up to nine years in prison on the drug charges.
In August 2011, Corchado was arrested at his store, Louis’ Deli & Grocery, on 118th Street, after police discovered two bags of cocaine, two bags of marijuana and a scale behind the deli counter.
Later that night, police found a pistol, a shotgun, a magnifying scope, magazines and approximately 100 rounds of ammunition in his Baldwin, LI home.
Corchado was under investigation for at least nine months before his arrest. In December 2010, police observed him, at the intersection of Forest and 69th avenues in Ridgewood, selling a bag of cocaine out of his Mercedes to a buyer.
Throughout the spring of 2011, he was overheard engaging in hundreds of narcotics-related phone conversations at his store, as well, according to a press release from District Attorney Richard Brown.
“The defendant used his mom-and-pop grocery store as a front to traffic in narcotics. Drugs and guns are a deadly combination,” Brown said in the release. “This joint investigation by the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD once again underscores our commitment to rid our county of illegal narcotics trafficking and to improve the quality of life of our Queens residents.”
Corchado’s sentencing is scheduled for July 1.