Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00
Glen Cove Police took one more alleged drug dealer out of the game recently, busting a Brookville man on video during a cocaine deal with an undercover agent.
Glen Cove Lt. Thomas Fitzpatrick told the press that Detective Chris Grella had received information that 35-year-old Francisco Baruelos, a staff member at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville, was allegedly selling drugs in the North Shore area.
Arrangements were made for an undercover agent to meet the suspect, who lives on the property at Tam O’Shanter.
The agent orchestrated a hand-to-hand cocaine transaction, which was recorded on surveillance video, GCPD said. Shortly after the recording, Baruelos was arrested for the crime without incident.
GCPD said that Baruelos, originally from Mexico, was charged with two “class B” felonies related to drug sale and possession. He was arraigned in Nassau County First District Court on Dec. 10.
Glen Cove Chief of Police William Whitton praised Det. Grella’s achievement, stating, “Mr. Baruelos will no longer be in a position to poison the residents of our community, or surrounding communities with illicit drugs. Once again Detective Chris Grella’s diligence and hard work has removed a drug dealer from our streets and fast tracked him in jail. We are fortunate to have Detective Grella hard at work to help protect our community from those who choose to make a profit from people’s addictions - specifically our youth.”