2010-02-19 / Top Stories

Rockaway Couple Arrested In Drug Bust

By Nicholas Briano

Far Rockaway residents Greg M. Hermonstyne, 31, and Rhonda M. Trapp, 29. Far Rockaway residents Greg M. Hermonstyne, 31, and Rhonda M. Trapp, 29. An anonymous tip led to the arrest of two upstate New York residents, who also reside in Far Rockaway, for allegedly dealing crack cocaine, which was transported from New York City, over the last six months.

According to State Police, Greg M. Hermonstyne, 31, and Rhonda M. Trapp, 29, were allegedly dealing drugs from a Malta, New York apartment located along Route 9. More than five ounces of crack and powder cocaine that were packaged for sale were seized along with $700 during the executed search warrant of the apartment last week.

The arrests came after the conclusion of a month-long investigation led by an anonymous police tip received through the local anti-crime hotline.

Lt. Michael Tietz, of the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, said that the drugs had a street value of at least $12,000, and represented a significant quantity for the area.

“They were doing a pretty hefty business there,” he said. “This just goes to show drugs are not just an issue in the cities.”

Tietz said that investigators believe the drugs were being brought from the New York City area. Hermonstyne and Trapp also have an address in Far Rockaway and may have split their time between residences.

Hermonstyne and Trapp were arraigned in Malta Town Court on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony. Both defendants remain at the Saratoga County Jail, where they are being held without bail.

Additional charges could still be brought up on the couple.

Lt. Tietz said the case serves as an example of how an anonymous tip can lead to people being held accountable for what they’re doing.

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