Thursday, June 29, 2006
By JEFF HARRELL
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
Police continued their offensive against illegal fireworks with two arrests, one involving two Staten Islanders who also were reported to be carrying marijuana.
Christopher Cusumano, 36, of Seguine Avenue in Prince's Bay, and Michael J. Rubel, 33, of Mallow Street, Rossville, were stopped at about 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in a 1998 Lexus on the Staten Island Expressway near Route 440 North by cops who had tracked them back to the Island from Pennsylvania, police said.
Cops searched the vehicle and seized more than $500 worth of bottle rockets, sparklers, grand finales and assorted other fireworks from the rear passenger seat and the trunk, police said.
During a subsequent search, the officers found a container filled with alleged marijuana in Cusumano's pants pocket and a pipe containing a "blackened leafy substance" in the car's center console.
Cusamano and Rubel were charged with one count each of unlawful dealing with fireworks and unlawful possession of marijuana, and cops also seized the Lexus.
About 30 minutes later, Noel Vargas, 40, of Remsen Street, Dongan Hills, was pulled over in the 500 block of Targee Street, where police searched the trunk of his Chevy Geo and confiscated approximately $75 worth of "spinners, bottle rockets, multipacks [and] firecrackers," police alleged.
Vargas was charged with one count of unlawfully dealing with fireworks and police also seized his vehicle.