On the night of Friday, April 14 Glen Cove Police executed a search warrant at the Millennium Bar at 59 Glen Street, according to Glen Cove Det. Sgt. Tom Fitzpatrick.
The sergeant said that over the course of several weeks prior to April 14, an investigation which had been started by Detectives Schlee and Grella and Sgt. John Nagle resulted in several undercover drug sales from inside of the bar while it was open for business. He stated that police were able to buy cocaine on several different occasions from Patrizio Robles, an employee at the bar. The 26-year-old Elmhurst man is related to the bar's owner, Jose Robles, who was also arrested.
Sgt. Fitzpatrick continued, "During the operation, headed by Lt. Bill Whitton, Glen Cove Police enlisted the assistance of the NY State Liquor Authority, the Nassau County PD Gang Unit, and the Nassau County PD Canine Unit for use of a drug-sniffing dog while executing the warrant. The entire bar was searched and a small package of cocaine was found in a stairwell behind the bar. Two patrons in the bar were found to have cocaine on their person; they were arrested and charged with possession."
The investigation was a combined effort between Glen Cove Police and the Nassau County District Attorney's Street Narcotic and Gang Unit (S.N.A.G.), run by Bureau Chief Theresa Corrigan.
Patrizio Robles was charged with 12 class B felonies related to drug sales and possession and was arraigned in Nassau First District Court on April 15. Bar owner Jose Robles was charged with operating a disorderly premise, an unclassified misdemeanor, and issued several appearance tickets for adulterated liquor because upon inspection, several bottles of liquor that were being used to serve patrons were found to have insects in the bottles. In the past, the Millennium Bar has been the site of multiple municipal code violations, according to Glen Cove code enforcement records.
Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi was made aware of the investigation, which is continuing. The State Liquor Authority is also continuing its investigation.