PRINGLE — A man from Brooklyn, N.Y., was hit with a Taser blast and arrested after he allegedly threw crack cocaine under a vehicle following a drug sale sting in a school zone.
According to court papers:
Narcotics detectives and officers with the Kingston Police Department met with a confidential source at about 5:45 p.m. Friday to prepare for “a buy/bust operation,” and the source placed a monitored phone call to a man identified as “Slim,” who was to meet the source in the Family Dollar parking lot at the Luzerne Shopping Center on Union Street in Pringle.
The source told police that “Slim,” later identified as Ricardo O. Stroude, would be driving a green Jeep Grand Cherokee with new York license plates.
At about 6:08 p.m., a green Grand Cherokee with New York plates pulled into the parking lot and parked near Gerrity’s supermarket. One officer pulled a marked police vehicle in front of the Jeep and another officer pulled an unmarked vehicle behind the Jeep, which backed into the unmarked vehicle, police said in the court papers.
Police said the driver, Stroude, 42, failed to show his hands after numerous orders were given to do so. When officers removed Stroude from the Jeep, he allegedly struggled with officers and tried to swallow some crack cocaine, which he eventually threw under his vehicle.
Police deployed a Taser on Stroude and he was successfully taken to the ground and handcuffed, police said.
Stroude was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before District Judge Paul Roberts. Information on his bail and preliminary hearing date was not immediately available Friday night.