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Friday
Apr202018

Pt Jeff Woman Arrested After Child Consumed Brownie Containing Marijuana

Sydney MarquezFollowing a drug investigation, and the execution of a search warrant on Thursday April 19th, 2018 at approximately 11:15p.m., the New York State Police Troop L Narcotics Enforcement Unit arrested Sydney Marquez, age 29, of Port Jefferson, Suffolk County.

Marquez was found to be in possession of marijuana, concentrated cannabis, marijuana brownies, psilocybin mushrooms, along with packaging/shipping materials, books and records detailing her business.

Marquez was in the company of friends, in the kitchen, while her 4-year-old child was sleeping in the basement.  Following an investigation, it is believed the child consumed a brownie which contained marijuana.  The child was transported to a local hospital.  Child Protective Services was notified and the child was later released from the hospital and turned over to a family member.

Marquez was arrested and is charged with: Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, an A-11 Felony (Mushrooms). Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th Degree, a C-Felony (Concentrated Cannabis) Criminal Sale of Marihuana 4th Degree, an A Misdemeanor.Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, a A Misdemeanor (Concentrated Cannabis). Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st Degree, an A misdemeanor


Friday
Apr202018

Credible Threats Lead To Crime Stoppers Offer Of $25,000 Reward For Info

 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to Offer $25,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest of Anyone Threatening to Harm Officers

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in connection with threats to harm police officers.

The Suffolk County Police Department is aware of credible threats of violence that MS-13 is prepared to harm a police officer in retaliation for gang arrests. The department has taken necessary precautions to protect our officers. 

The department stands united with our law enforcement partners to address this and any threat to law enforcement and to continue our sustained effort to eradicate gangs from our area. While the Suffolk County Police Department takes this threat seriously, we will not be deterred in our mission by threats by gang members. Our commitment in bringing gang members and their associates who commit crimes to justice continues to be a top priority.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone threatening or conspiring to injure police officers. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  

“On behalf of the Suffolk County Police Department, I thank Suffolk County Crime Stoppers for their continued support in protecting the men and women of this department,” Suffolk Police Acting Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “It is the department’s hope that anyone with information about these threats will do what is right and provide details to thwart acts of violence.”

Geraldine Hart, Police Commissioner Suffolk County Police Department

 

Friday
Apr202018

Historic Cemetery Landmark Sign Stolen

 

 

An investigation by Fourth Squad detectives has determined that the historic sign that was reported stolen was legally removed after a vote by the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society.

 

Thursday
Apr192018

Single Largest Quantity Of Opioids Seized In Suffolk County History

DA SINI & NY DRUG ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE ANNOUNCE HISTORIC SEIZURE OF MORE THAN 41 KILOGRAMS OF ALLEGED OPIOIDS, $80K CASH IN SEARCH WARRANT

Multi-Agency Effort Results in Single Largest Quantity of Opioids Seized in Suffolk County History

(HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division and representatives from the DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF) today announced the seizure of 41 kilograms of alleged opioids, including heroin and fentanyl, during a search warrant executed in Wyandanch on April 18.

“To put this in perspective, if you take the powder that was seized – 34 packages grossing over 41 kilograms in weight – you’re talking well over one million doses of opioids on the street, and that’s assuming that the product is not cut again,” District Attorney Sini said. “That’s one million doses of a highly lethal drug that will never hit the streets of Suffolk County thanks to the hard work of the DEA and its task force. The number of lives that were potentially saved by this operation is tremendous.”

Pursuant to an investigation, agents from Group T-42 of the NYDETF, which comprises representatives from the DEA, the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police, received intelligence that a drug transaction was scheduled to occur in the vicinity of the 300 block of Merritt Avenue in Wyandanch on Wednesday.

Agents witnessed the defendant, William Velasquez, 38, of Wyandanch, talking on a cell phone at the location. As the agents approached the defendant, he began to flee. The agents apprehended the defendant and recovered 1 kilogram of alleged heroin from his coat pocket. The substance also tested positive for fentanyl, according to the DEA.

Following Mr. Velasquez’s arrest, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office issued a search warrant for his home, located on Garden City Avenue in Wyandanch, as well as his vehicle.

“In his home, law enforcement seized what appears to be the largest single seizure of opioids in Suffolk County,” District Attorney Sini said. “That included 33 separately wrapped packages of powder, grossing 41 kilograms in weight.”

“This amount of heroin is as lethal as a weapon of mass destruction,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Hunt said. “The DEA is committed to saving lives and by seizing 41 kilograms, we have taken over a million doses of death out of users’ reach. I commend the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force and Suffolk County DA’s Office on this significant seizure and arrest.”

One of the kilograms seized from the residence tested positive for fentanyl, according to the DEA.

Inside his residence were two duffel bags containing 19 packages and 13 packages respectively of alleged opioids. Agents also recovered one kilogram of alleged opioids in the closet of the residence and several kilograms of pills that appeared to be oxycodone. Lab results for the pills are pending.

Approximately half a kilogram of pills were recovered from the trunk of the defendant’s car. The car also contained two traps, which are commonly used by drug dealers to conceal drugs in their vehicles.

“We’ve seen the scourge of the opioid epidemic and the harm it has caused our communities,” District Attorney Sini said. “We obviously need to be investing in prevention, treatment, recovery and innovative law enforcement, but seizing this lethal substance from our street is the quickest way we can save lives.”

Mr. Velasquez is charged with one count of Operating as a Major Trafficker, a class A-1 felony, which carries a maximum indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life in prison. He is also charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-1 felony.

He was arraigned in Suffolk County court in Central Islip today. Bail was set at $2.5 million cash or $5 million bond by Judge Gaetan Lozito at the arraignment. He is being represented by the Legal Aid Society.

“This operation saved countless lives, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law,” District Attorney Sini said. “Our message is consistent: If you’re selling drugs in Suffolk County, we are coming for you.”

The operation was also aided by the Suffolk County Police Department and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.

This case is being prosecuted by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.

Wednesday
Apr182018

Dix Hills Driver Arrested For DWAI Drugs After Striking And Injuring Pedestrian

 

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Dix Hills man for driving while ability impaired by drugs after he struck and critically injured a pedestrian in Wyandanch.

Daniyal Syed was driving a 2013 Toyota RAV4 southbound on Straight Path when his vehicle struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the street from the west side of the road to east side of the road near State Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. The victim, Jonathan Yanes, 22, of Wyandanch, was transported by Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Community Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was listed in critical condition.

Syed, 24, of Dix Hills, was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.

Syed’s vehicle was impounded for a safety check. He will be held at the First Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 19.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Wednesday
Apr182018

SCPD Auctioning 125 Vehicles April 21

Suffolk County Police To Hold Vehicle Auction

The Suffolk County Police Impound Section will hold an auction on April 21 at 9 a.m. at the Suffolk County Police Department Impound Facility, located at 100 Old Country Road in Westhampton.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held rain or shine. There will be a preview of vehicles on April 19 and 20 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the impound yard. Vehicles will also be available for preview for one hour prior to the start of the auction.

More than 125 lots will be auctioned off including cars, motorcycles, SUVs, pickup trucks and vehicle trailers. All vehicles will start with a minimum bid of $300 and are sold as-is. 

For a full list of vehicles, registration information and terms and conditions for the auction, visit www.suffolkpd.org.

Tuesday
Apr172018

16-Year-Old Approached By Stranger In Lake Grove

Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers are investigating an incident during which a man asked a juvenile to expose himself in Lake Grove.

A 16-year-old boy was jogging in Lake Grove on April 13 at approximately 10 a.m. when a man driving a white refrigerated box truck started following the boy and asked him to expose himself. The teen refused and the driver left.  

The man was described as white, in his mid-30s, with red hair. He was missing teeth. The truck had a flower logo on the cab doors.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fourth Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8426 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

Tuesday
Apr172018

Man Dies In Commack MV Crash

Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed a man in Commack today.

A man was driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla westbound on Vanderbilt Motor Parkway when his vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2015 Volkswagen near Shinbone Lane at approximately 12:50 p.m. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The driver of the Volkswagen, Lisa Campanella, 49, of Ronkonkoma, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was treated for serious injuries.

Police are not releasing the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call theFourth Squad at 631-854-8452. 


Tuesday
Apr172018

Complaints Lead To Arrests In iphone For Sale Scam

Suffolk County Police today arrested three people for a scam during which they sold a sealed Apple iPhone 8 that was actually a box containing only rice in North Babylon.

After receiving several complaints about a scam on the app Letgo, First Precinct Crime Section officers conducted an undercover operation and arranged to meet a person at McDonald’s, located at 1510 Deer Park Avenue, to purchase an iPhone 8 for $300.00. After the purchase was complete, officers discovered that the sealed box contained a package of rice wrapped in tinfoil and arrested the person, a 17-year-old male of Brooklyn, at approximately 1:25 p.m.

Ramel Parker, 22, of Islip, and a male, 17, of West Babylon, who were connected with the scam and  located in a vehicle nearby at approximately 1:50 p.m. and were arrested. Officers recovered three iPhone boxes containing rice and tinfoil, a bag of rice, an industrial sealer, heat gun, roll of clear plastic wrap, baggies and box of tinfoil in the car.

The 17-year-old of Brooklyn was charged with Petit Larceny, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, and Resisting Arrest. Parker was charged with Petit Larceny, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, Criminal Possession of Marijuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree and an outstanding New York City warrant. The 17-year-old of West Babylon was charged with Petit Larceny, Possession of Burglar’s Tools and Criminal Possession of Marijuana.

Parker and the 17-year-old of Brooklyn will be held overnight at the First Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 17, 2018. The 17-year-old of West Babylon was released on bail.

Police are asking anyone who might have been a victim of this scam to contact First Precinct Crime Section officers at (631) 854-8126.

 

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Monday
Apr162018

Armed Robbery At E.Northport Convenience Store

Suffolk County Police Second Squad Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the rear parking lot of an East Northport convenience store last night.

A man with a gun approached a male employee of the One Stop Deli Food Market, located at 246 Pulaski Road, as the employee walked to the rear of the business to dispose of garbage at approximately 8:58 p.m. The man pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money. The employee complied and gave the man his wallet. The robber took the wallet and fled the scene on foot. No one was injured during this incident.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this robbery to call the Second Squad Detectives at 631-854-8252.