Accused Dealer Arrested Again
Drug Cops Seize Lexus, House
By Joan Ward George
As was expected when The Wave went to press last week, the six individuals arrested early Thursday morning in a local drug raid were arraigned later that night and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell it from a Belle Harbor home at 128 Beach 127 street.
Those arraigned late Thursday were Theresa Myers, 50, a New York City intermediate employee, Keith Pryde, 21, Kevin Pryde, 22, Joseph Colangelo, 41, Jean Fitch, 40, all of whom reside at the Beach 127 address, and Elizabeth Ott, 37, of 723 Walton road, Broad Channel. According to the Queens district attorney’s office, all of the defendants have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell it. They each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Theresa Myers, owner of what the neighbors call a "drug horror house", was out on the street just a short time after her arraignment and a $30,000 bail judgment. Apparently back in business within days, she was re-arrested Tuesday night, April 25 at approximately 6:45 p.m., by plainclothes drug enforcement police officers, for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover officer on a prior date.
"What do we have to do to let the authorities know that this house is no good for our block, our neighborhood," said a Beach 127 resident. "It is a known drug house, with people going in and out all hours of the day and night. A second arrest within three days is comical. These people were back in business right away. Is it going to take a shootout or some other violent action to put these people behind bars for good? I hope that DA Brown makes good on his quote in last week’s Wave, ‘There is no such place as a safe house for drug storage and sales’, because apparently the dealers think it was a big joke."
" What do we have to do to let the authorities know that this house is no good for our block, our neighborhood. It is a known drug house, with people going in and out all hours of the day and night. . .Is it going to take a shootout or some other violent action to put these people behind bars for good?"
According to a police spokesperson, under New York City’s drug laws, Myers’ Lexus automobile has been seized since it is believed to have been used in the commission of drug purchases and/or sales. According to some neighbors who have been following this case very closely, it is also expected that the authorities will try to vacate the Belle Harbor home under the Nuisance Abatement Law if it is proven that a felony has taken place there.
Myers’ Beach 127 neighbors, who were upset about her getting bail on the first arrest, are taking the district attorney’s office to task now, and reportedly have been contacting anyone they can to ask that pressure be placed so that these perpetrators can be incarcerated until their trial date is set.
At the time of the first arrest last week the defendants possessed more than 40 bags of cocaine, more than 30 bags of marijuana, and ecstasy tablets, as well as scales and pipes in the home. Myers, who is said to be the owner of the home, has lived there for more than seven years. Neighbors on Beach 127 street and adjacent blocks have been complaining for years over the suspicious activity that goes on at that address and were not in the least surprised to find out that it was a drug haven.
A man who lives on the same block as Myers reported to The Wave that his life was threatened by a resident of the Beach 127 street house after all six defendants returned and reestablished residence at the scene of the alleged crime subsequent to posting bail Thursday night.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the New York Police Department’s Queens South Narcotics District.
Assistant District Attorney John H. Lee of District Attorney Brown’s Narcotics Investigations Bureau will prosecute the case. Neighbors and concerned citizens of the affected area have told The Wave that they expect the district attorney’s office to come down hard on these perpetrators, who allegedly have been living among them and dealing drugs for years without arrest or prosecution and undermining the quality of life for the people who live in the nearby community.
It is to be noted that a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
As reported in last week’s Wave (See Wave, April 22, 2000, Drug Raid On B. 127), neighbors in the area of this drug bust should not be surprised if they see similar operations undertaken in the near future.
As The Wave went to press Thursday, the DA’s office informed the paper that Myers was arraigned Wednesday night and was released on her own recognizance, and, although the district attorney’s office asked for bail to be set at $15,000, Criminal Court Judge Mullings let Myers walk with no additional bail.