Lab Technician and His Drug Supplier Still Awaiting Trial

By Pandora’s Box Staff

The York College lab technician arrested and charged with selling cocaine to undercover police officers near the high school on campus property is still being held without bail more than four months after he was taken into custody.

Timothy Hawkins, who was arrested on Jan. 16 and hit with 13 felony charges and one misdemeanor, has had six court appearances since then.

His co-defendant, Barry Salter, the alleged seller of the cocaine, is also still in jail awaiting trial. Salter’s bail was set at $750,000, which he has been unable to post.

Both men were arrested after surveillance by officers from the New York Police Department and District Attorney Richard Brown’s office that began in April 2017, according to a statement issued by Brown’s office.

The investigation involved physical surveillance, court authorized eavesdropping and search warrants

On several occasions Hawkins left York College with the undercover officers, led them to Salter’s home to purchase cocaine, and then returned later to the campus, police said. On two occasions Hawkins allegedly conducted sales near the Queens High School for the Sciences, which is located on York’s campus.

During a search of Salter’s home, the NYPD allegedly seized two kilos of cocaine, two digital scales, a money counter and $2,000 in cash.  

Both men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted and are due back in court on June 13.

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