Guns, drugs, gator seized in Poughkeepsie
Police netted a stash of drugs, a cache of guns and a lone alligator when they raided a mobile home this week, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department said.
Neighbors at the Shady Brook Mobile Home Park on Manchester Road complained of brazen, dangerous behavior from the trailer where brothers John and Paul Simmons lived, according to police. The brothers, neighbors said, fired off handguns and rifles from their trailer, and the parade of visitors coming and going raised questions.
Detectives raided the trailer Tuesday night with the help of nearby police agencies, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Poughkeepsie Animal Control Office.
They found a revolver, a semiautomatic handgun, a Kel Tec .40 caliber handgun, and a Remington rifle, as well as cocaine, prescription pills and marijuana, according to police allegations.
And they found a 2 1/2-foot alligator the brothers kept in the trailer. The alligator was kept in "a large glass fish tank," police Detective Capt. Paul Lecomte said. Authorities aren't sure how the brothers came to possess the animal, which is now in the care of the DEC.
John Simmons, 27, was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of narcotic drugs, second-degree possession of marijuana, and violating state Environmental Conservation law for illegally possessing a wild animal, police said.
All charges are felonies, with the exception of the environmental law, which is the equivalent of a violation.
Paul Simmons, 29, was charged with misdemeanor weapons possession.
The brothers were arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Court and were sent to Dutchess County Jail. Bail for John Simmons was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond, and bail for Paul Simmons was set at $10,000 or $20,000 bond.
They're scheduled to return to Town of Poughkeepsie Court for a hearing on July 12.