Police: 6 people charged in New Cassel drug bust
Police say six people are facing a judge after a major drugs and weapons takedown in Nassau County.
According to police, the people were arrested after they initiated a search warrant at a home on Fourth Avenue in New Cassel on Wednesday.
Police say they recovered an assault rifle, crack cocaine, sedatives, opioids, ecstasy, drug paraphernalia and cash.
The search was initiated after numerous reports of drug sales at the house.
"We had dozens of calls about the residence for drug sales," says Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
The six people were charged with drug and weapons offenses, plus possession of stolen property.
Police say some of them are members of the Bloods gang.
Detectives say three young people lived in the home and police waited until they left the property before executing the search warrant.
The home is also next to the Park Avenue Elementary School.
"It is troubling to me that someone would have the nerve to do it right there, not have any care about the kids going to the school and didn't have any care about the three kids living in that house," Ryder says.
The Town of North Hempstead also seized three pit bulls from the home who were allegedly living in deplorable conditions in the back of the house.
Police say the dogs were left in a garage covered in their own feces and urine.
They were taken to a local animal shelter where they are being cared for.
Nassau police say the six people who were arrested could possibly face animal cruelty charges at a future date.