A Flanders man suspected of selling and possessing drugs—including 400 grams of cocaine—at his Riverside Avenue home was arrested by a joint police task force early Friday morning and is facing several felony charges, according to Southampton Town Police.
Following an investigation that lasted more than nine months, the East End Drug Task Force arrested 30-year-old Faustino Juarez at 6:19 a.m. and charged him with 10 felonies and three misdemeanors after investigators secured a warrant for his arrest. At the time of the arrest, police said they found a “large quantity” of cocaine and heroin, as well as two guns and $20,000 in cash inside his home.
Mr. Juarez was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, all felonies. He was also charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—meaning he had more than 2 ounces of an unspecified narcotic—and one count each of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, also felonies.
Additionally, he was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, after officers recovered a 9-mm handgun and a loaded .32-caliber revolver in his possession.
Along with the 400 grams of cocaine, which is nearly a pound, police also found a gram of heroin divided into 10 plastic bags, according to a press release from Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
According to the Southampton Town Police arrest report, Mr. Juarez is being cited with selling drugs on June 20, May 24, March 19, March 1 and February 13 of this year. Town Police deferred comment on the arrest and investigation to the district attorney’s office.
Mr. Juarez has been arrested, charged and convicted of multiple drug related offenses in the past, according to the DA. In 2002, he served 10 months in county jail for attempted possession of a controlled substance, according to Mr. Clifford. In 2004, Mr. Juarez was sentenced to 2-to-4 years in prison for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. After serving the entire sentence he was released from the Willard Drug Treatment Campus in 2008, only to be convicted again in 2010 of attempted possession of a controlled substance. He was released from the Wallkill Correctional Facility in April 2012 and completed his parole in April of this year.
After Friday’s arrest, Mr. Juarez also was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance—indicating a small quantity for personal use—and two charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. He is being held without bail at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.
The East End Drug Task Force is led by the DA’s office and includes officers from nearly all the police departments on the North and South forks.