An area man was arrested for drug trafficking after police received numerous complaints from residents.
Connie Boykin, age 49, of the City of Newburgh, was arrested around 7:40 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, when City of Newburgh officers were patrolling the area of the Broadway and Lutheran corridor in response to numerous citizen complaints referencing open-air drug trafficking, said Lieutenant Joseph Burns.
Officers observed a crowd on the corner of Broadway and Lutheran and witnessed a narcotics transaction initiated by a tall Black male wearing a tan jacket, Burns said.
Officers exited their police vehicle and approached the man, who attempted to flee on foot, discarding a plastic bag with cocaine along the way, Burns said.
He was caught a short distance away and was identified as Boykin.
An officer sustained an injury to his leg during the pursuit and was transported to a nearby hospital.
Boykin was charged with assault and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
He was also charged with a violation of parole.
Boykin was held pending arraignment.
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