Nassau Police arrested an Albertson business owner and his wife yesterday, after officers found a quarter of a million dollars-worth of synthetic marijuana at the couple’s Simply Foot Spa on Hillside Avenue.
Police Narcotics detectives, and officers from the Third Precinct and the Williston Park Fire Department responded to a strong odor of gas, emanating from the basement of the spa yesterday afternoon. The couple – Sunita and Rajesh Shah, 57 and 62, of Crest Hollow Lane – were called to open the business door and once in, police observed more than 20 pounds of loose synthetic marijuana, 5300 bags containing synthetic marijuana, several cans of chemicals and drug paraphernalia. The building was evacuated and then aired out in order to continue with the investigation. The scene was deemed safe by the Nassau County Fire Marshall Office.
Both defendants were placed into police custody without incident and charged with Criminal Possession Precursor of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, and Illegal Use of Nitrous Oxide.
Meanwhile, three North Massapequa men were arrested last night for selling Concentrated Cannibus, THC Oil and crack cocaine, Nassau Police said.
Detectives from the Narcotics/Vice Squad, in conjunction with the Nassau County COPE unit, began a joint investigation in the N. Massapequa area in April 2017. Arrested were John Griffin, 25, Christopher A. Ruiz, 21, and John J. Kossmann, 22.
A search warrant, executed at a residence shared by Griffin and Ruiz, recovered: a dagger, switchblade knife, butterfly knife, machetes, folding knives, a loaded semi-automatic handgun, an undetermined amount of US currency, drug paraphernalia and substances believed to be marijuana, crack cocaine, concentrated Cannibus and THC edibles.
Defendant Kossmann was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and was released on an Appearance Ticket returnable to First District Court. Defendant Ruiz is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Defendant John Griffin is charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and one count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm.
And, a 4-month joint investigation into heroin sales in the Elmont ares, led to the arrest of resident -Shalik D. Robinson, 38 – in whose home police discovered heroin, crack cocaine, thousands of empty glassine wax bags, two digital scales and an undetermined amount of money.
Detectives from Nassau County’s Narcotics/Vice Squad in conjunction with the Nassau County COPE unit, began the investigation in May 2017.
Defendant Robinson is charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.
Defendants in all three cases were arraigned today in First District Court in Hempstead.