2000-09-23 / Front Page

Drug Bust On B. 91 St.

Drug Bust On B. 91 St.

By Joan Ward George

Michael Rivera was busted early Monday morning on felony drug and weapons charges after cops from the 100 Precinct acted on a search warrant at his 196 Beach 91 street apartment.

According to authorities, Rivera, 19, was caught unaware at 8:30 a.m. on September 18, when police presented him with a warrant to search his apartment which is located directly above the American Deli in Rockaway Beach. Confiscated from what police believe to have been his bedroom, in an apartment that he shares with his mother and brothers, were two guns, a .38 caliber revolver and a black powder pistol, along with a half-pound of marijuana. A credit card that had been reported stolen late last week was also recovered during the search of the apartment.

Rivera, along with his mother, an 18 year old brother and a juvenile aged brother were all arrested at the scene, taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of weapons, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property. The Queens District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute anyone except Michael and the records against the mother and the older of Rivera’s siblings have been sealed. The 13 year old son, whose name has not been released because of his juvenile status, was charged with all of the same crimes, but was arraigned in family court. According to his mother, he has a pending court date in family court; however, she expects that the charges against him will also be dropped.

The district attorney’s office told The Wave Wednesday that Michael Rivera was scheduled to appear in court sometime that day to face the drug, weapons, and stolen property charges. His mother, who also called The Wave as the paper was going to press Thursday, said that Michael was released on his own recognizance and was scheduled for a future court date in October.

According to authorities the execution of the search warrant by uniformed officers of the 100 Precinct was led by their commanding officer, Captain John Miller.

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