SCPD raids Patchogue bars targeted for MS-13 activity - Two bars shut down and seven arrested
Last week, Suffolk County Police, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations, the Town of Brookhaven and the Village of Patchogue Fire Marshal, raided the Cuscatlan Lounge and El Capitan Sports Bar during State Liquor Authority inspections, resulting in seven arrests and condemnation of both establishments.
Fifth Precinct Crime Section officers, Suffolk County Police Firearm Suppression team and numerous assisting Suffolk County Police units conducted the targeted SLA inspections at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in an effort to cease all illegal and MS-13 gang activity occurring at both locations.
According to SCPD Commissioner Timothy Sini, seven arrests were made and HSI special agents took two additional subjects into custody. “This is just another tool we use against MS-13 gang members, targeting locations [where] they hang out and utilizing the town code and state liquor laws,” he said. “This was a huge success, making it as uncomfortable as possible for MS-13 to operate in Suffolk County. And, if they haven’t gotten the message already, they are not welcome here.”
Garcia Blanco, 18, of Brentwood was arrested for a warrant at the Cuscatlan Lounge, located at 290 East Main Street in Patchogue, and transported to the Fifth Precinct awaiting arraignment. He was also issued nine summonses for violations by the Brookhaven Fire Marshal, six by the town building department, eight by the New York State Liquor Authority, and a dozen by Suffolk County Police. Konrad Franco, 22, of Bay Shore was also arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana.
The Cuscatlan Lounge was shut down by the Brookhaven Building Department. According to deputy town attorney Dave Moran, the town was able to condemn the building due to a concern for structural integrity. The owner, he said, will be facing fines up to $15,000.
Alcides Blanco, 53, of Brentwood, owner of El Capitan Sports Bar, located at 125A Medford Ave., Patchogue, was also issued summonses for violations including 15 from the NY SLA inspectors, nine from the Patchogue Village Fire Marshal and eight from the SCPD.
The Patchogue Village Fire Marshal closed/condemned the bar, citing unsafe conditions. According to Mayor Paul Pontieri, El Capitan Bar has been a source of complaints in the village for the past several years.
“This is the closest the community has come in contact with MS-13. I would like to commend the commissioner and inspector [Bill Silva] for putting this together,” he said.
Town Supervisor Ed Romaine agreed. He said it is a common goal of all entities involved to see that both bars remain closed. “We are fortunate to have the support of the SCPD, Fifth Precinct and the eyes of our commissioner,” he said. “We have a great relationship and we are all trying to improve the quality of life in Brookhaven Town.”
The following people were also arrested, including: Kessada Jacques, 38, of Wyandanch for security guard violation; James Sykes, 30, of Patchogue for security guard violation; Ivis Turcios, 29, of East Patchogue for criminal possession of a controlled substance; Wendy Mondragon, 29, of Central Islip for a bench warrant, and Jorge Valdez, 33, of East Patchogue for a bench warrant.
According to police, Turcios, Mondragon, and Valdez were transported to the Fifth Precinct and were scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 19. Homeland Security Investigations special agents took Jose Sebastian Fuentes-Orellana, 30, of Patchogue and Abraham Fra ncisco Joya Santos, 20, of Patchogue into the custody for investigation into immigration violations. The investigation is continuing.
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