2004-09-24 / Community

Cops Collar Three For Drugs In Rock Park

By Brian Magoolaghan

  • Three Rockaway Park residents were arrested on drug charges last week after police executed two search warrants at different Rockaway Park addresses.
  • Police searched the room of Joseph Thrower, 57, at 187 Beach 115 Street at about 7 p.m. last Friday and found more than an eighth of an ounce of cocaine inside a black VHS cassette case on his nightstand and paraphernalia, including straws, razors and a mirror in another VHS case, according to court records.

    Thrower is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia and could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Nicole Navas, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He was arraigned the following day. He could not be reached for comment.

    One day earlier and one block away, police executed another warrant with the assistance of the Emergency Service Unit and arrested Walter Figarella, 42, and Grissel Gonzalez, 44, of 154 Beach 114 Street, who are charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to court records.

    Police searched their bedroom at about 6 a.m. last Thursday and found an assortment of items either containing or covered in drugs, according to the records. Officers collected a glass mirror, a broken cup, an antenna and glassine envelopes covered in heroin; a flashlight and a box cutter containing heroin; three straws, a spoon and two pipes containing cocaine; and seven marijuana cigarettes.

    Police said Figarella and Grissel admitted the drugs and paraphernalia belonged to them. Queens Criminal Court Judge Pauline A. Mullings set their bail at $1,500 and $2,500 respectively. They are both due back in court on September 27 and could not be reached for comment.

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