2 women arrested after raid in Rossville; large stash of drugs found, cops say – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Two women were arrested after police allege they found a large stash of heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy and pain pills when they raided a home and car on a quiet Rossville street.
Officers armed with search warrants swarmed a vehicle and apartment on Hemlock Street on Feb. 9 around 7:30 p.m., according to the criminal complaint, which was based on an investigation by Narcotics Borough Staten Island.
Police identified the suspects as Rita Marrero, 39, who lives in the home on Hemlock Street, and alleged accomplice Tamaya Thomas, 29, of Holland Avenue in Mariners Harbor.
Thomas was inside a vehicle on Hemlock when officers approached, cops say.
They searched her and found a large quantity of plastic bags containing crack cocaine, glassine envelopes secreting heroin and multiple pills of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), which is also known as Ecstasy, the complaint alleges.
A large amount of cash and three cell phones also were confiscated from the vehicle, police said.
At short time later, officers entered Marrero’s apartment, where they allege they found drugs stashed in the bedroom of the 39-year-old.
Police seized six plastic zipper bags of crack cocaine, one plastic bag of cocaine powder, and an assortment of pills including MDMA in various colors and shapes, circular-blue tablets of Oxycontin and blue tables of the sedative alprazolam, the complaint alleges.
Along with cash, drug paraphernalia allegedly recovered from the bedroom included three scales and a plastic bag containing smaller bags typically used as packaging for drugs.
Marrero was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
She has been released under supervision and is due back in Criminal Court on March 23, according to public records.
The case for Thomas has been shifted to Supreme Court, where she is due to appear on Feb. 25 following an indictment on criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
Thomas has been remanded to Rikers Island.
She pleaded guilty to drug charges and is awaiting sentencing in Supreme Court in connection with two prior cases, according to public records.
Matthew Zuntag, who is representing Marrero, declined to comment.
An attorney for Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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