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Man Charged for Peddling Narcotics and Running Elmhurst, Woodside Brothels

The alleged brothel operated out of 43-22 58th St. Apt. 3F (Google Maps)

April 15, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

An East Elmhurst man was charged last week in connection with multiple sales of narcotics and the operation of two brothels–one in Elmhurst and the other in Woodside, according to federal authorities.

Carlos Medina Palomino, 30, was indicted Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court on multiple counts of the criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of promoting prostitution. He was arrested by police while trying to escape from a first floor window of an Elmhurst building, at 94-66 45th Ave., where he was allegedly operating a brothel.

The arrest came after a months-long investigation involving an undercover narcotics officer who acted as a customer and bought cocaine from Palomino.

Palomino allegedly sold narcotics to the undercover officer three times at his Woodside brothel, located at 43-22 58th St., between Feb. 27, 2019, and April 2, 2019. This included 250 grams of cocaine, which has a street value of about $9,800, according to the indictment.

Palomino also offered the undercover officer at his Elmhurst brothel a sample of what he said was heroin. However, after lab testing, the substance turned out to be a mixture of cocaine and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The defendant allegedly asked the undercover officer for help in moving kilograms of narcotics from Colombia to either the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico, and also discussed prostitution and his plan to “extradite” women from Colombia to work in his brothels. He also offered the undercover officer a complimentary sexual encounter with a sex worker.

Investigators and agents conducted court authorized searches at both alleged brothel locations as well as Medina Palomino’s home, located at 91-19 32nd Ave., and seized about 350 grams of narcotics and $6,000 in cash.

The defendant was arraigned on Friday, where he pleaded not guilty. He was remanded in custody. Palomino’s next court date is scheduled for April 25.

The alleged brothel at 94-66 45th Ave. (1st Floor) Google

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If he 10-99ed them and had them liable for personal income taxes they’d be considered independent contractors.

Honest pay for honest work

This should only be a crime if the women did not consent to this work. A woman who works with what she has technically is an entrepreneur of one of the oldest professions. But if she doesn’t have honest consent (not being bribed/sold) she’s a slave. This would be unacceptable.


Did you miss the part where he was using fentanyl? It’s highly dangerous and illegal.

Maryanne Woodside

A brothel right down the street fron the church on 58 St !! Trump needs to get rid of these low life .
Good police work they captured this piece of turd.


If you think Trump is going care about a brothel, you REALLY don’t know anything about his history.

You barely even need to go back 6 weeks to find a story on this very topic that would have destroyed any other president.


Well, yes he did stand on a stage and publicly ask a foreign country with whom he’s got decades of questionable financial dealings to hack his opponents (there’s video of it), and they promptly did so. But that’s not the scandal I’m referring to.

The thing 6 weeks ago “on this very topic” was the owner of the brothel (allegedly tied to human trafficking) where Robert Kraft was caught at using her Mar-a-Lago membership to sell Chinese executives direct access to the President without any record or oversight, giving them far more influence over him than you or I do as lowly citizens. (thus making two foreign countries with massive influence over the President)

I know, it’s hard to keep up with all the various forms of corruption he’s involved in. I sympathize with your confusion.

Surely the president that used taxpayer money to pay hush money to a porn star he cheated on his pregnant wife with is the perfect person to tackle this

I’m sure the billionaire playboy abhors sex trafficking lmao

Might need a better WHATABOUTism

The Clintons are billionaires that used taxpayer money to pay hush money to a porn star after they cheated on their pregnant wife?


Tax money to pay a stormy daniels? You ARE deranged. Man your gonna be upset once hes re elected


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