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Break-in, Beating Lead to Big Drug Bust in Farmingdale

Two NYC men attack man in 9th Avenue home; Cops arrive and find guns and drugs. All three arrested.

Nassau County Police detectives have charged three men after two of them broke into a Farmingdale home this weekend and struck the occupant in the head with a handgun.

When the victim called for help, Nassau police swarmed in and found the men inside and a wide assortment of drugs and guns.

The events began just before 3 a.m. Saturday when Edward D. Thomas, 23, of New York, and Chris J. Lee, 22, Brooklyn, burst into a Farmingdale home on 9th Avenue. Police said one of the men struck Damin E. Porcelli, 33, with a handgun. Porcelli fled and called police.

Officers from the Second Precinct, the Emergency Service units and the Bureau of Special Operations swarmed to the scene and secured the home. A short time later, the two men inside were taken into custody without incident.

Upon searching the home, police found a .357 revolver, a .25 caliber handgun, two defaced .380 caliber handguns, along with 771 glassine bags of heroin, 110 vials of crack cocaine, two jars of marijuana, three digital scales, assorted drug paraphernalia and an undetermined amount of cash.

Police determined the items and cash belong to Porcelli, who was placed under arrest. He was treated for a head laceration at the scene. Police believe the three men knew each other.

Thomas and Lee are charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Porcelli is charged with multiple drug charges and six counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

All defendants will be arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Dale from Farmingdale April 07, 2013 at 12:34 PM
9th Avenue... I'm assuming this is right by the High School? Yikes!
Maggie April 07, 2013 at 02:17 PM
That truly was a "find". Hard to believe those creeps live all around us, and our schools. And a big "thank you" to the neighbor who called the police!
Michael April 07, 2013 at 02:39 PM
This obviously wasn't a random attack. They knew him, where he lived and what was in the house....
Dale from Farmingdale April 07, 2013 at 02:40 PM
What Maggie said...good work, NC Police!
Kmog April 07, 2013 at 03:02 PM
this was a rented home- and that is why rentals should be monitored by the county. This is a nice neighborhood- children all around and this crap is going on. I thank god for the police getting him as who knows what could have happened at another time if they had not got him. But living through this event was damn scary- to wake up at 4 with swat teams in your front yard!
Tom April 07, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Educate your kids. Drugs are everywhere. Its not if they will be exposed to drugs its when.
GMG April 07, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I wonder if these are the same people breaking in to cars in the area. 2 cars and a house on my block got robbed.
Tom April 07, 2013 at 04:56 PM
I would guess that the two burglars were either customers of the resident or also drug dealers themselves. They did not pick this house at random.
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 07, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Thanks for the comments: Anybody actually witness this event?
Dale from Farmingdale April 07, 2013 at 05:06 PM
You have a problem with renters? Please don't discriminate; I've been renting in Farmingdale for more than 15 years.
BigNig April 07, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Is anybody really surprised? Nobody talks to their neighbors anymore. There is a drug dealer on EVERY block. Walgreens and CVS are open late 7 days a week. The FDA is the biggest pusher. It will never change because you are too busy working to hold the powers that be responsible for ANYTHING. The gov't needs a big douching. Then, elect some people with common sense!
BigNig April 07, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Why take law abiding citizens guns when we have people like this in every residential neighborhood???
TommyTonZ April 07, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Glad to see the court of public opinion condemning this poor man before they even have the facts. Bunch of sheep.
Kmog April 07, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I live on the block- I saw the police operations- it was very very scary. Obviously this guy was selling drugs so Tommy Tonz what are you saying- that much drugs and guns in a house is not a law abiding citizen. And i am not against- renters- I stated that renters need to be monitored- owners of homes need to be responsible to make sure that if they need to rent thier house- that the people renting are good people- people who will keep the house neat, not trash our neighborhood. If you woke up to this whole scene you would be terrified as well. The cops would not tell us what was going on- however you could figure it out if you saw all the cops, cops in swat gear with shields? an armoured truck- cops with huge guns? police dogs, search lights- obviously this was just not a burglary.
Peter @ Farmingdale April 07, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Condemnong this poor man? All three should of been allowed to shoot it out amongst themselves. End of story
Jeffrey Lee April 08, 2013 at 01:49 AM
This is why I installed covert cameras on my home and believe cameras should be installed on every public school buildings perimeter.
HDGIRL7 April 08, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Buried babies, gunpoint gas station robberies, police chases thru the school yard during dismissal, home break -ins,,,and now drugs and guns ,, welcome to the craphole we all live in ...WELCOME TO FARMINGDALE
HDGIRL7 April 08, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Peter Im with you! IS this guy kidding....i guess inncoent people keep an arsenal in their livingroom, just to keep the drugs safe ....just saying
Tom April 08, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Drugs have been here since the late 60's.They will continue to be here as long as there is a market for them. The influx of the prescription pain killer drugs have driven the price of heroin and cocaine down. Education and enforcement will help, but drugs like alcohol will always be part of life.
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 08, 2013 at 04:09 PM
We'll be following the story today. I need to speak to other eyewitnesses. Please contact me here with what you saw. Contact me privately if you're concerned. Email me at joe.dowd@patch.com. Please tell me what you actually saw.
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 08, 2013 at 09:28 PM
NEW DETAILS: http://patch.com/A-32bV
South Farmingdale Resident April 08, 2013 at 10:29 PM
There was another drug bust on Meadw Wood Lane yesterday, Sunday. Uncover cops arrested two teens that were caught dealing. One was the driver of a silver compact car with CA plates.
South Farmingdale Resident April 08, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Drugs near the high school and the surrounding neighborhoods are an ongoing problem. My neighbors and I see drugs being dealt at least a few times a week, especially during the warm weather months. They deal in front of our homes. One of the officers told us yesterday that he has been patroling the area for 19 years and that the past two years the problem has been escalating. We know. We see it. According to the police, they cannot patrol the area as need be due to all of the budget cuts. We keep on calling and sometimes they come, other times no one shows and if they do, the kids are long gone. It's unfortunate that the school district and the precinct do not work together to better patrol the area. We feel like vigalantes and have to depend upon the Town Oyster Bay security patrol to do what the police should be doing. Last summer it was so bad that even they couldn't contain the unrest in the parks one weekend.
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 09, 2013 at 04:42 AM
See our latest story here: http://patch.com/A-32bV and tell us about the wooded area. Is it time for surveillance cameras, added security?
FDaleResident April 09, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Its still our town, The attitude of just moving out and abandoning it is the reason why it got this way to begin with. Also, there are drugs in every town, not just farmingdale. Once a person owns or has access to a vehicle they have the ability to travel wherever they like. Its the people of the community that need to change as well. No one will want to bring drugs into a community where they know every neighbor will be watching. The lack of community causes problems, and the lack of parenting as well. The "men" arrested were only in their early 20's. Arresting them is only the first step, community changes have to be made, and the changes are of the nature that politics cannot fix.
FDaleResident April 09, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Sadly some discrimitation is often necessary. Historically rentals have been a cause of many problems in this town. Multiple families renting one family homes, or a bunch of kids renting a home can destroy a neighborhood. Not necessarily but it is more likely. On the other hand, my observation has been that due to the past real estate expenses and people over leveraging their home equity there seems to be a large amount of people moving in with their parents again. The community is constantly changing for these reasons. I live on a block with only one rental on it, and that rental home drives everyone on the block crazy.
al April 12, 2013 at 01:45 PM
The owner of this rental property should have this building taken over by the county. I have lived in this county since the time there were farms. Hempstead, Farmingdale, Freeport, Babylon Village where all great places. They started to go downhill when apartment houses started to pop up. Renters, in general, do not have a vested interest in the community and this tends to drive down resale values while increasing costs (taxes, utilities, polution etc) because of the demands that high density housing puts on the community. Affordable housing is becoming an oxymoron on Long Island.
Dale from Farmingdale April 12, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Again, I am offended by the bias against renters here. There are HOMEOWNERS on my block (and surely, others) that have the police coming often...due to drugs, alcohol, disturbing the peace, etc. I have been renting in Farmingdale for more than 15 years...because as a single parent, I could never afford a home. One has nothing to do with the other. You may prove your point but there are clearly exceptions; it's not cause & effect. Al: I have ALWAYS had a vested interest in the community...in fact, I WAS a homeowner here when I was married. There are many more like me; it's not rent vs. own that causes these problems!
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Dale from Farmingdale April 13, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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