Staten Island man accused of dealing cocaine, selling gun; barbershop, home raided

Staten Island man accused of dealing cocaine, selling gun; barbershop, home raided

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The NYPD raided a barbershop and home on Staten Island and arrested a 45-year-old man who authorities allege sold a gun and a large amount of cocaine to undercover officers.

Over the course of the investigation that lasted several months, the defendant allegedly peddled about 490 grams of cocaine and a loaded, defaced gun with an extended magazine to undercover officers, according to a law-enforcement source.

It is not clear in court documents where those alleged transactions occurred.

Officers armed with search warrants swarmed the business in Mariners Harbor and residence in Elm Park of Hueson Thomas, also identified in court documents as JD Barber, on Thursday following his indictment earlier this month.

S&B Barber Shop & Salon is located at 2946 Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor and the defendant lives on Housman Avenue in Elm Park, according to a law-enforcement source.

The gun proffered in March was a 9 mm Taurus pistol, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that Thomas sold cocaine to undercover officers on over a dozen occasions from January through June on our borough. Amounts of cocaine exchanged during the individual transactions typically ranged from a half ounce or more to two ounces or greater, authorities allege.

The 15-count indictment charges the defendant with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, eight counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree and aggravated criminal possession of a weapon.

Thomas was arrested and arraigned in state Supreme Court, St. George, on Thursday and bail was set at $1 million/$750,000 cash. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is due back in court on July 12, according to public records.

Attorney Michael Vitaliano, who is representing the defendant, declined to comment at this time.

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