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Cops charge two in Flushing with cocaine, gun possession

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Police have charged two Flushing residents in a major drug bust that recovered nearly a kilogram of cocaine, three handguns and $58,000 in cash, according to Detective Kevin O’Donnell of the 109th Precinct.

Abriel Carela, 23, and Monica Vargas, 19, were arrested at 8:07 a.m. March 4 in their home at 911 125th St. after an officer saw a plastic bag of cocaine on a kitchen table and a strainer containing cocaine in clear view while performing a parole visit to Carela, who has eight prior arrests, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

Officers secured the house and obtained a search warrant, eventually recovering nearly $60,000 in cash, a .9 mm pistol, .40-caliber pistol and .45-caliber pistol, a box of ammunition, and 911 grams of cocaine, O’Donnell said.

Police also found 84 envelopes filled with heroin and more cocaine in a bedroom in the home and a safe containing cocaine and a number of prescription pills, according to the DA’s office.

“That’s the most amount of cocaine I’ve ever seen here,” O’Donnell said.

Carela and Vargas are each being charged with five counts of various degrees of criminal possession of a controlled substance and six counts of criminal possession of a firearm in two different degrees.

Carela was being held on $75,000 bail and Vargas was being held on $10,000 bail as of last week, according to the DA’s office, which did not have an update on their statuses Tuesday.

Reach reporter Connor Adams Sheets by e-mail at csheets@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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