By Danny Schrafel
Two “known gang members” on parole for drug felonies were busted at a Lowndes Avenue home in the early-morning hours of Dec. 11 after a search warrant turned up guns, cocaine and thousands in cash, Suffolk County Police said.
Kareem Walters and Samuel Spells, both 32, were arrested at around 7 a.m. when police found two loaded handguns, two loaded rifles, a loaded shotgun, about five ounces of cocaine and $4,000 cash in the house 58 Lowndes Ave.
The arrests came the morning of Dec. 11 following what police described as an “extensive investigation,” which came in response to complaints by neighbors of alleged drug dealing at the home. The investigation by Narcotics detectives, Second Precinct detectives and other precinct personnel resulted in a narcotics search warrant being issued, police said.
Both men face extensive charges following the raid. Spells is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon; four counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Walters was slapped with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
They were being held overnight at the Second Precinct and scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 12 at First District Court in Central Islip.
Police say both men are “known members” of a gang and on parole. According to online state parole records, Walters was released May 9 after being convicted of third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, both B felonies. Spells was paroled July 22 after being convicted of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a D felony.
Police are crediting the arrests to the Huntington Station Violent Crimes Task Force, which was formed in July 2014 to reduce crime in the hamlet. Since its formation, police said the task force has made 496 arrests and issued 3,375 summonses in the Huntington Station area. Of those arrested, officials said 59 were gang members.