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Police bust 5 illegal immigrants in Mount Kisco cocaine raid (Lower Hudson Journal News)

Police bust 5 illegal immigrants in Mount Kisco cocaine raid

By Rob Ryser
The Journal News • June 13, 2008

MOUNT KISCO - Five Guatemalan nationals in the country illegally were arrested last night on felony drug possession charges after a raid netted more than 50 packets of cocaine with a street value of $3,000, police said.

The raid at 13 Spring St. and the referral of the suspects to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency capped a month-long investigation that started with neighborhood tips about drug dealing on the quiet residential street, two blocks from the Northern Westchester Hospital Center.

Westchester County police, assisted by Mount Kisco police, took a search warrant to the apartment shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday and found the cocaine packaged for sale, police said.

Charged with two counts each of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance were Jose Villeda, 23, Mario Villeda, 37, Edgar Miguel, 25, Jose Martinez and Samuel Lemus, 17. Mario Villeda was also charged with second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

The five we due to be arraigned in Mount Kisco Village Court this afternoon.

ICE officials were expected to place detainers on the suspects, signaling an intention to take the immigrants into federal custody, police said.

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