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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.

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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