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NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION NETS 2 ARRESTS, 5 KILOS OF COCAINE AND GUNS

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Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh and Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, NY Division, announced the arrests of two residents from Congers, NY for possession of a controlled substance and two handguns. The arrests were the result of search warrants executed last week, stemming from a month’s long investigation conducted by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Westchester Resident Office Tactical Diversion Squad.
On Friday February 10, 2023, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and DEA Tactical Diversion Squad executed the search warrants at residences in Congers, NY and Nyack, NY. The basis of the search warrant was the result of a multi- agency investigation that identified a Rockland man who was selling a large amount of controlled substances throughout Rockland County. With the assistance of the Clarkstown Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team and the Orangetown Police Department, both the suspected drug dealer and an acquaintance of his were taken into custody. Carl Desir, 48, of Congers, NY and Melissa Brown, 43, of Congers, NY were arrested and charged with the following crimes:
Criminal Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree (A-I felony)
Criminal Possession Weapon 2nd Degree (two counts) (C felony)
Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd Degree (D felony)
Both defendants were arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court and were remanded to Rockland County Jail. They are scheduled to return to court on February 16, 2023. The multi-agency investigation included the Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, DEA Westchester Resident Office Tactical Diversion Squad, Clarkstown Police Department, Orangetown Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Haverstraw Police Department. The DEA Westchester Resident Office comprises agents and task force officers of the DEA, Westchester County Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Yonkers Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, and Orangetown Police Department. The case will be prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Delohery and Senior Assistant District Attorney Matt Martinez.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino stated: “These arrests and seizures take two major threats off our streets: guns and drugs. Drug traffickers like Desir profit off the sale of narcotics putting our communities in danger of addiction, overdoses and poisonings. I applaud the hard work by all of our law enforcement partners throughout this investigation aimed at making our communities safer and healthier.”
District Attorney Tom Walsh said, “Keeping our streets and communities safe from dangerous drugs and violence is a top priority of my Office. I have pledged to use every available resource to investigate and prosecute drug dealers selling their poison to our children. These arrests are another example of my Office working with local and federal agencies to bring justice to our community. I commend the outstanding work performed by all our law enforcement partners.”
The Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and officers from the Clarkstown Police Department, Orangetown Police Department, the Haverstraw Police Department and the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office.
DA Walsh would like to thank Cathy and Lisa from Hope Not Handcuffs – Hudson Valley, NY for attending today’s press conference and the work they do helping individuals struggling with substance abuse get treatment.
Video of the press conference can be viewed at the link below –
* It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Rockland County Soil And Water Conservation District Is Recruiting Volunteers

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Want to collect important scientific data all within your local stream? Come participate in this year’s WAVE Basic Training!

The Rockland County Soil and Water Conservation District is recruiting volunteers for the Water Assessment by Volunteer Evaluator (WAVE) program for 2024, a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation project that is coordinated locally by the Rockland County SWCD. Volunteers collect and identify benthic macroinvertebrates – indicators of water quality – in local county streams to help determine any impaired streams.

In-person training runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at Kakiat County Park in Ramapo. Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 25 by email to [email protected] or call 845-364-2669. Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources

 

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Rockland County DOH Shares Tips On How To Stay Cool In The Heat And Humidity

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Rockland County Department of Health urges residents to take these simple steps to stay cool and help prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Use air-conditioning to cool down.  Stay indoors in a place with working air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning at home, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls, or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day. Cooling centers are places where people may go to cool down during hot weather. You can call your town or village for a list of cooling centers near you. Before going to a cooling center, it’s important to call ahead to make sure it’s open, as some cooling centers are only open during regular business hours and during officially declared heat emergencies and extreme heat events.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks. If your doctor generally limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible.  Avoid activities that involve a lot of energy or effort during the hottest part of the day, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and take many breaks from physical activity.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat (such as straw or mesh) when outside in the sun and even when it is cloudy.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about any medicine or drugs you take. Certain medications can increase the risk of heat-related illness. These medications affect the body’s ability to sweat and stay cool. Do NOT stop taking medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
  • Never leave children, pets, or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Even with a window cracked open, temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few minutes.  Always check that no one is left inside your vehicle before locking it up.
  • Keep your pets safe. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible, and bring lots of water on walks.
  • Check in on your family, friends, and neighbors.  Heat and humidity can be dangerous for anyone, especially older adults, young children, and those with chronic medical conditions such as heart and breathing or lung problems.
  • Check the Air Quality Index to find out how clean or polluted your air is, what associated health effects might be a concern for you, and whether  you need to limit outdoor activities. Rockland County is considered part of the NYC Metro region. If you would like to get air quality notifications, sign up for Enviroflash.

For more information about keeping cool in the summer heat, visit the New York State Department of Health

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