Long Island grocer gets 15 years for selling drugs

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) – A Long Island grocery store owner has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling drugs out of his shop.

Jaime Corchado, of Baldwin, was convicted last month of selling a controlled substance and weapons possession. He was sentenced Tuesday by Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert Kohm.

Authorities say he sold the drugs from Louis’ Deli & Grocery at 85-56 118th Street in Kew Gardens, Queens.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the 37-year-old defendant used his mom-and-pop grocery store as a front to traffic in narcotics.

“His arrest, conviction and now sentencing represents a clear demonstration of my office’s commitment to rid our country of illegal narcotics trafficking and to improve the quality of life of our Queens residents,” Brown said. “The lengthy sentence imposed today by the court is more than warranted.”

Corchado was the subject of a four-year investigation that started with one of his buyers getting stopped by police, according to Queens DA. They searched him and recovered a plastic bag from his pockets containing a bag of cocaine.

Over the course of the next couple years, Corchado was overheard engaging narcotics-related conversations on his phone, investigators said.

Documents point out that on Aug. 17, 2011, the courts authorized a search warrant at his convenience store where police found bags of cocaine and marijuana and a scale. That same night, police searched his Long Island home and recovered several guns.