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Cops executed a court-authorized search warrant at this home on 69th Street in Woodside.
By Forum Staff
Police seized meth, mushrooms, marijuana and pills In an early morning raid and arrested five individuals charging them with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other crimes last Wednesday. Police recovered what they termed as “a vast amount of illegal drugs – including the highly-addictive oxycodone and methamphetamine as well as more than 10 pounds of marijuana.
District Attorney Brown said, “A morning wake-up call by the police armed with a court authorized search warrant resulted in the arrest of five individuals – three men and two women – in Queens. Police seized a large quantity of illicit drugs and other contraband. Police also recovered ammunition for a firearm. 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.”
The defendants were identified as Jasper Davis, 26, of Elmhurst, Queens, Alnerfo Orfanei, 64, of Bogota, New Jersey, and Alex Herrera, 56, Josephine Paguio, 55, and Marilyn Castro, 45, all of Woodside, Queens. The defendants were arraigned and charged with second-, third- and fifth- degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. Defendants Herrera and Paguio are additionally charged with unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition. Bail was set at $300,000 for Herrera; $100,000 for both Davis and Castro; $50,000 for Paguio; and $10,000 for Orfanei.
According to the criminal complaints, police executed a court-authorized search warrant at 41-06 69th Street in Woodside. Inside the basement of the semi-detached home, police allegedly recovered 138 bags and seven jars of crystal methamphetamine on top of a dresser, 11 bags of marijuana stashed in a cabinet and two bags containing psychedelic mushrooms in a safe. In the back of a basement cabinet, police seized 79 oxycodone pills, 103 methylenedioxymethamphetamine pills ( known as MDMA or by the street name Molly), 47 clonazepam pills, 142 alprazolam pills and 50 amphetamine pills. According to the complaints, defendant Paguio was allegedly located inside a rear third-floor bedroom where police recovered eight rounds of .25 caliber ammunition inside a box on top of the room’s dresser along with additional bags of marijuana.
If convicted, all five defendants face up to 10 years in prison.