A Bay Shore couple was arrested after officers seized drugs, guns and more than $16,000 in cash from their home — which is across the street from a high school, Suffolk County police said.
Police executed a search warrant shortly before 7 a.m. Friday at the Grace Street home of Remon Gibson and Maudene Bean, police said. There, they seized more than 1,000 grams of crack cocaine, several ounces of powder cocaine, more than $16,000 in cash and a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun and a Taurus .38-caliber revolver, police said.
Officials also said they found ammunition for the weapons and hydraulic presses and other equipment used in the drug trade.
Officers from multiple units took part in executing the warrant including the Third Squad Operations Team and Narcotics Section detectives along with the Third Precinct Gang Unit, police said.
The couple’s home is about 100 feet from Bay Shore High School, police said.
Two of the couple’s young children were home while officers were executing the warrant. They were turned over to a family member, police said.
Gibson, 38, is charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; criminal use of drug paraphernalia; criminal possession of a gun and endangering the welfare of a child.
Bean, 40, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
She was released on station house bail, police said.
Gibson was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip. He was held bail of $602,000 bond or $301,000 cash, and a temporary order of protection was issued.
Gibson's lawyer, Christopher J. Cassar of Huntington, said Saturday night police were misleading the public about the specifics of this case and officers made procedural errors when arresting his client. He said officers did not show a search warrant to Gibson upon entering the home.
"My understanding is that they [Suffolk police] found the gun and the drugs in the garage, not in the house," Cassar said. "So when they represent that the gun and drugs were found in the house, that's a misstatement of fact."
Cassar also said there were no facts to support that his client sold drugs to students at the high school across the street or that the children in the home during the arrest were in any danger.
"It's our position that often the police rush to judgment and the DA's office rush to judgment," he said.