Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man was nabbed on May 17 near the Brooklyn entrance to the Battery Tunnel with a car filled with marijuana, police said.
Sources said MTAÃ¢â‚¬Ë†Bridges and Tunnel police, who patrol the tunnel, had stopped the Staten Island singer’s tricked out SUV at around 10 pm because it had expired license plates. Closer inspection revealed a scent of other wrongdoing: apparently, the police caught wind of the weed.
“It was like something out of ‘Cheech and Chong,’” one officer was quoted in the New York Daily News, referring to two pot-loving icons from a prior generation.
“He rolls down the window and the smoke would choke a horse,” the officer continued.
Police declined to comment officially on the bust, but several published accounts say Method Man, who is known to his mother as Clifford Smith, was charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence (of the marijuana) and driving an uninspected car.
Method Man has a new album scheduled for release this summer.
A posse of four thugs stole a cellphone from a teenage boy on President Street on May 7, police said.
The 14-year-old victim was walking home from school just after 4 pm when he was attacked, near the corner of Smith Street. One brute asked him for the time, then the other three stepped up and knocked him to the ground. Once on the pavement, the attackers punched and kicked the boy and snatched his cell.
The teen said all the boys were black, around 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds.
It certainly wasn’t the romantic evening anyone might have envisioned.
A trio of thugs violently robbed a woman on Hoyt Street as she headed to her boyfriend’s home on May 10, police said.
The 46-year-old was near the corner of Sackett Street, just before 9:30 pm, when someone shoved her from behind. She fell to the pavement, knocking her chin on the ground and causing damage to her teeth.
A second thief swiped her bag and removed the wallet, which held a driver’s license, credit cards, $350 and tickets to the Museum of Natural History. The pair, plus their female accomplice, dashed off, but dropped the bag — without the wallet — on Douglass Street.
A Transit Authority worker was robbed while walking home on Court Street before dawn on May 10, police said.
The victim was a National Rifle Association member, but that night he was only armed with his identification card.
The 54-year-old man was nearing Garnet Street, just before 5:30 am, when a stranger came up and punched him in the left eye socket and tried to steal his wallet. The victim struggled with his attacker, but the man managed to unzip the man’s jacket and slide out his billfold.
The thief, described as a 5-foot-9, 160-pound black man, dressed in black, ran off with the man’s Transit Authority ID card and Metrocard, plus health insurance information, credit cards and his NRA card.
Smith St. mug
The streets may be safer these days, but certainly not crime-free. Especially at 4 am.
That was the unpleasant truth learned by a 31-year-old woman who lost her purse to a pair of thugs who attacked her at the corner of Douglass Street on May 6.
The woman was walking home around 4 am when a stranger threw her up against a wall. Another man then swiped her purse and both attackers ran off with her non-driver ID card, an ATM card, her Social Security card and $40.