WOODSIDE — Five people were arrested after the NYPD raided a home in Queens and uncovered a stockpile of illegal drugs — including 10 pounds of marijuana, 138 bags of crystal meth, two bags of psychedelic mushrooms and hundreds of pills, according to the Queens District Attorney's office.
The defendants — Jasper Davis, 26, Alnerfo Orfanei, 64, Alex Herrera, 56, Josephine Paguio, 55, and Marilyn Castro, 45 — were arraigned Thursday following Wednesday's early morning raid, in which officers from the 110th Precinct executed a search warrant at a semi-detached home at 41-06 69th St. off 41st Avenue.
There, police discovered 138 bags and seven jars of crystal methamphetamine on top of a dresser, 11 bags of marijuana inside a cabinet and two bags of psychedelic mushrooms in a safe, according to the Queens DA.
More drugs were found in the back of a basement cabinet, including 79 oxycodone pills, 103 MDMA pills, 47 clonazepam pills, 142 alprazolan pills and 50 amphetamine pills, officials said.
5 arrested this morning for possession of 5 lbs of meth, 10 lbs of marijuana and hundreds of prescription pills. pic.twitter.com/E3EukmUybf— NYPD 110th Precinct (@NYPD110Pct) June 28, 2017
The defendants were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Herrera and Paguio were also charged with unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition after police found eight rounds of .25 caliber bullets in one of the bedrooms, officials said.
All five arrested face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the Queens DA.
"These arrests should serve as a warning to other drug dealers that the law enforcement community will continue to aggressively track down those who traffic in drugs and seek to put them in prison," DA Richard Brown said in a statement.
Information on the defense attorneys for Davis, Paguio and Castro was not available Friday.
Legal Aid of Queens did not immediately return a call seeking comment on behalf of Orfanei, and Queens Law Associates said no one was available to comment on Herrera's case.