A Wading River teenager was arrested on drug and weapons charges Wednesday morning after an early morning raid of his home at 49 Overhill Road by the East End Drug Task Force.
Justin Brewer, 19, was arraigned on six drug and weapons-related charges, two of them felonies. Police said they executed a search warrant at his home as part of an ongoing investigation into community complaints regarding drug sales activity.
According to charges read aloud in Riverhead Town Justice Court at about 3:45 p.m., police found more than eight ounces of marijuana in Brewer’s possession this morning, along with an unregistered .22 semi-automatic pistol, a .22 caliber assault rifle, a retractable metal billy club baton and brass knuckles. He was also in posession of a quantity of the prescription medication Xanax, according to the charges.
Scales and packaging material were also recovered at the residence, according to police.
Brewer was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor.
Gregory Brewer, 55, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. James Brewer, 24, was arrested and charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree. Both were both arrested at the same address this morning and released this afternoon on desk appearance tickets.
When Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith asked Brewer, who said he was a construction worker for Trident Industries, if he had the ability to hire a lawyer, he said he would “try very hard” and would contact his father, but when he appeared again before the judge at 4:30 p.m., no lawyer was present.
Again Smith asked Brewer if he had contacted anybody and Brewer said he had not.
“Do you understand you’re going to jail tonight?” Smith asked Brewer, who answered, “No,” and added, “Please, I’m willing to do anything.”
“You’ve graduated to the big world now,” Smith said. “You’re not in family court anymore and you’re not going to do well in the Suffolk County jail tonight,” Smith said. He added, “They will eat him alive.”
Smith set bail at $10,000 on the recommendation of the prosecutor, due to the seriousness of the allegations. Brewer, remanded to the Suffolk County Jail, is due back in court Thursday.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.