By Andrew Wroblewski
A father and his two sons were arrested on drugs and weapons charges after an early-morning raid Thursday on their Huntington Station home, Suffolk police said.
The raid, which was carried out at 28 11th Ave. at around 6 a.m. this morning – uncovered a loaded and defaced Tec-9 semiautomatic handgun with a large-capacity magazine, along with two other loaded handguns, an imitation pistol, a bulletproof vest and more than 500 rounds of ammunition.
Also, crack cocaine and marijuana – which police said had a combined street value of $3,000 – were seized, along with $3,700 in cash, digital scales and various drug packaging equipment.
Tracy Watkins, 42, who police said is a confirmed member of the South Side Posse gang, and his brother, Zachary Watkins Jr., 46, were both charged on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree; criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree; and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
Their father, Zachary Watkins Sr., 75, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a firearm; criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree; criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree; and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
Watkins Sr. was issued 32 violations for code infractions at the home by Huntington Town Code Enforcement. Town spokesman A.J. Carter said summonses were for reasons including the lack of certificates of occupancy for a basement apartment, a music studio in a detached garage and a kitchen in the detached garage. The house was not authorized for two-family use, he said. Carter added that the basement had been placarded for not having the proper egress.
The men are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip tomorrow, police said.