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Heroin, cocaine and marijuana seized from East Patchogue home, police say

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Two men were arrested after police raided their East Patchogue home Friday and found drugs and drug packaging material, authorities said. 

Officers seized eight ounces of heroin, four ounces of cocaine, about seven ounces of marijuana, a kilo press, two scales, 11 phones, a laptop, a file cabinet, a vehicle and $1,919 from the Montauk Highway home of Victor Nicholas, 30, and Hahshim Saunders, 27, police said.

Nicholas and Saunders were each booked on first- and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, police said. 

Nicholas' bail was set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash during his arraignment Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip, according to online court records. Saunders' bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash.

 “The evidence will establish that Victor Nicholas was not living at the subject residence and thus the recovered contraband was not within his dominion or control,” said Nicholas' attorney, John Henry Loturco of Huntington. “We will thoroughly scrutinize the search warrant application and the entirety of the evidence and proffer a comprehensive defense on behalf of our client.”  

Saunders' Central Islip attorney, Danielle Coysh, declined to comment on Saturday afternoon.

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