Drugs, Guns Uncovered Through Search Warrant

By Jano Tantongco

jtantongco@longislandergroup.com

A 36-year-old Wheatley Heights man was arrested Friday on several felony weapons and drugs charges following the execution of a search warrant, Suffolk police said.

According to police, George Francis faces seven counts of weapons charges for allegedly possessing a stolen .30 caliber assault rifle; a .22 caliber firearm; a .40 caliber pistol; a .357 caliber revolver; and a 9mm Ruger, which police also allege he defaced.

Police also charged Francis for allegedly possessing both cocaine and prescription pills, including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing over half an ounce, or more, of cocaine; two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell a narcotic; and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing prescription pills.

Francis was also charged with two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, one for possessing scales, the other for possessing packaging, police said.

Police said they executed a search warrant that led to Francis’ arrest, but refused to comment any further on the case. A spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota could not be reached for comment before deadline Monday.

Francis was arraigned Saturday at Suffolk First District Court. A $300,000 bond was set and not posted.