Whitestone teen arrested after being linked to major LI & Queens drug bust: police

Nassau drug arrest
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A Whitestone teen faces charges after huge quantities of drugs were discovered in a Queens apartment he rented with a Long Island teenager, according to police.

Nicholas Gennaro, 19, was arrested on Sept. 19 after Nassau County Narcotics and Vice Squad detectives discovered the Queens resident rented an apartment with Kevin Staiano, 18, of Plainview.

Staino was arrested earlier that day after a traffic stop in his hometown revealed the teen and the driver of the vehicle, Brandon Bromberg, had a backpack filled with drugs, including 1,025 Xanax pills, 73 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms, 42 grams of Ketamine, 5 grams of cocaine and 45 tabs of acid, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Upon later investigation at Gennaro and Staino’s Whitestone apartment on 20th Avenue, police seized another substantial quantity of drugs, including 3,150 tabs of acid, 2,133 Xanax pills, 1,841 Roxicodone pills, 1,672 Ecstasy pills, 1,250 grams of mushrooms, 360 grams of MDMA and 4 pounds of marijuana. A total of $8,000 in cash was also recovered at the apartment.

Investigators were also able to identify Staino as the narcotics seller who sold drugs to a 18-year-old male student who had a non-fatal overdose at a Plainview high school earlier this month.

Gennaro was placed under arrest at the Whitestone apartment. He faces 11 counts of second and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Staiano is charged with 19 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Defendant Bromberg is charged with second-degree criminal facilitation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

All three defendants were arraigned on Sept. 20.