Two men were arrested for illegal drug possession earlier this month after police conducted search warrants at two separate addresses, according to police. One of the search warrants also uncovered illegal housing conditions, officials report.
Det. Lt. John Nagle reported that on Friday, Feb. 13, the Glen Cove Police Department conducted the search warrants at 100 Mcloughlin St. in Glen Cove and at 123 Glen Head Rd. in Glen Head, securing the warrants after months of investigation. Nagle said the Glen Cove Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) and police officer Steven Grella began investigating the two locations after receiving information that drugs were being sold there.
According to Nagle, officers recovered a quantity of cocaine and a bullet proof vest at the Glen Head address. They also arrested Carlos Jaco, 21, at that location and charged him with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, two counts of possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
At the Mcloughlin Street address, officers recovered more than 11 grams of cocaine, scales, drug packaging materials and more than $700 in cash. Michael Martinez, 24, was arrested at that location and charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
While executing the search warrant at Mcloughlin Street, officers also observed illegal living conditions. Between nine to 11 people were found living in the house and an illegal business was being operated out of a detached garage, officials say, and several beds were located in upstairs bedrooms and three separate rooms were found in the basement, each with hot plates and rigged wiring.
Code enforcement officers issued multiple citations to the home owner for unsafe conditions, including numerous fire safety violations and illegal basement habitation.
Glen Cove Police Deputy Chief Christopher Ortiz, who currently heads the code enforcement division, said, “This incident underscores the reason behind the recent realignment of code enforcement. In many cases, the most egregious housing violators are the homes that call for the most police attention either due to drug involvement, public nuisance violations or other issues. By working together, we can multiply our efforts and make an impact that will increase public safety.”