2003-05-16 / Front Page

Six Arrested in Drug, Gun Bust

By Howard Schwach
Six Arrested in Drug, Gun Bust

Six Arrested in Drug, Gun Bust
By Howard Schwach

Five Rockaway residents and a Staten Island man were arrested on Tuesday, May 6 when police executed a search warrant on a house at 154 Beach 97 Street and recovered a loaded .380 automatic and quantities of marijuana.

Police sources say that five of the six people who were arrested at that address are Rockaway residents. They are: John Lalone, 28; Robert Rivera, 20; Anthony Grottano, 19; Joan Waters, 45 (The mother of the Rivera family) and Kerri Rivera, 17, all of Rockaway. In addition, Haromer Rivera, 21, of Staten Island was arrested.

All six were charged with drug possession and criminal possession of a weapon.

The raid was led by Captain Charles Talamo, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach. Assisting were the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit (ESU), a specialized unit that does the actual forced entry, and the 100 Precinct's Anti-Crime Unit.

According to sources at the 100 Precinct, this was the seventh drug warrant that was executed in the past few months that led to arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, or both.


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