Three Filipinos were among the five people arrested in an anti-illegal drug operation in Woodside, New York late last month.
The Filipinos were identified as Josephine Pagiuo, 55; her boyfriend Alex Herrera, 56; and Marilyn Castro, 45. The three were arrested on drug possession inside a house on 69th St. near 41st Ave. in Woodside along with two others – Jasper Davis, 26, of Elmhurst and Alnerfo Orfanei, 64 – last June 28.
Recovered from the suspects, according to NY Daily News, were 138 baggies plus seven jars of crystal meth, 11 pounds of marijuana and two bags of psychedelic mushrooms.
Also found in the house during the morning raid were 79 oxycodone pills, 103 MDMA pills, 47 clonazepam pills, 142 alprazolam pills and 50 amphetamine pills. A gun and a box of ammunitions were likewise discovered on the upper floor.
In a statement, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the arrests should serve as a warning to other drug dealers “that the law enforcement community will continue to aggressively track down those who traffic in drugs.”
“A morning wake-up call by the police armed with a court-authorized search warrant resulted in the arrest of five individuals — three men and two women — in Queens,” said Brown.
The five individuals have been slapped with second, third and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana’ while an additional charge for unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition were filed against Pagiuo and Herrera.
Bail was set at $300,000 for Herrera, $100,000 for both Davis and Castro, $50,000 for Paguio, and $10,000 for Orfanei.
The defendants are facing up to 10 years in jail if convicted.