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7 ‘dressed in red’ had guns, drugs, say cops

Left to right top: Angel A. Cruz, Daquan

Left to right top: Angel A. Cruz, Daquan H. Samuels, Jose Garcia and Christian B. Pagan, and, left to right bottom: Lamont McPhatter, Rasean Fulton and Christine A. Ruffin, were arrested by Nassau police Saturday night, March 19, 2016, in Lynbrook after being found in a mini-van with guns, drugs and a knife, police said. Credit: NCPD

Lynbrook police arrested seven people Saturday night after finding them in a minivan with guns, drugs and a knife, Nassau police said.

The Lynbrook police received a call reporting “suspicious males dressed in red” on Ocean Avenue, according to a Nassau County Police Department release. Responding officers saw a green Dodge Caravan with several occupants inside who were dressed in red, Nassau police said.

An officer pulled alongside the vehicle, which was on Waterview Place, and “smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed a clear bag containing a green leafy substance on the floor,” police said in a news release.

The officer requested identification from the Caravan’s occupants and “additional clear bags containing a green leafy substance were recovered in addition to a few individual pills believed to be ecstasy, a black gravity knife, a black/silver .40 caliber Smith and Wesson, and a silver .9mm handgun,” police said.

The seven, which included one female, were arrested at 8:32 p.m., police said. Police said it did not appear that the suspects had any gang affiliation.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Rasean Fulton, 35, of Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, and Daquan H. Samuels, 25, of Henderson Avenue, Staten Island, are each charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Suspects Lamont McPhatter, 36, of Hill Street, Staten Island and Christian B. Pagan, 19, of S. 12th Street, Newark, New Jersey, are each charged with two counts of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Angel Cruz, 38, of Jay Street, Newark, New Jersey, is charged with two counts of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a control substance.

Jose Garcia, 32, of Grandview Avenue, Staten Island and Christine A. Ruffin, 37, of Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, are each charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

CORRECTION: The agency that made the arrests was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

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