Authorities charged Kobaski Claros, 31, and Maria Rivera, 24, of Ronkonkoma, with drug trafficking, selling, possession, and other counts.
A drug task force launched an investigation into Claros and Rivera after police saw Claros do a deal on a side street near a Red Lobster restaurant in Ronkonkoma in March, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said in a news release.
(Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office)
The probe revealed that Claros and Rivera were selling crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Ronkonkoma area out of their Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz.
Police searched their apartment on Mill Road in Ronkonkoma on Aug. 26 and found more than 3 pounds of cocaine, $13,781 cash, digital scales, cutting agents, plastic bags, a heat sealer, a stun gun, and a lot of luxury jewelry and accessories, the DA said.
"They used the profits of their alleged drug trafficking operation to fund a lavish lifestyle, including high-end vehicles, designer clothing and shoes, and expensive jewelry," Sini said. "This was a lucrative business for the pair, but it has been effectively shut down because of the great work of law enforcement."
Rivera was arraigned on Sept. 9 while Claros was arraigned on Monday, officials said.