Couple busted on drugs and weapons charges

03/08/2013 10:59 AM |
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  Police arrested Victoria Reyes, 26, and her boyfriend, James Leggon Jr., at the couple's Oakland Drive North home.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Police arrested Victoria Reyes, 26, and her boyfriend, James Leggon Jr., at the couple’s Oakland Drive North home.

A man and woman are each being held on $50,000 bail after answering to a slew of drugs and weapons charges Friday in Riverhead Justice Court.

Riverhead Justice Court

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | James Leggon Jr. is escorted to Riverhead Justice Court Friday.

James Leggon Jr., 39, and Victoria Reyes, 26, of Oakland Drive North were arrested at 8:20 p.m. Thursday after Riverhead police and members of the district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at their home with the help of a K9 unit, authorities said.

The couple is also facing child endangerment charges, as their 1- and 2-year-old girls and 4-year-old boy were found to be living in unsanitary conditions in the house, prosecutors said in court.

There was a dog on premises that was “allowed to defecate in bedroom and throughout the residence,” according to court records.

Police also found metal knuckles, cocaine and marijuana, officials said.

“Why is my boyfriend being charged if I’m confessing?” Ms. Reyes, who is unemployed, asked the judge Friday. The judge advised her not to speak until she retains a lawyer.

Neither suspect entered a plea. Lawyers will be assigned to them for future court appearances, officials said.

Ms. Reyes was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Leggon is facing the same charges, as well as an an upgraded, third-degree weapons charge because he was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in October 2010, the records show.

cmiller@timesreview.com

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