Police arrested a Wading River father and his two sons after an East End Drugs Task Force investigation Wednesday turned up an illegal automatic pistol, other weapons and marijuana in their house, Riverhead Town police said.
One of the sons, Justin Brewer, 19, faces the most serious charges for criminal weapons and drugs possession.
Task force members, members of a Riverhead Town police K9 and COPE unit, and investigators from a Suffolk County Emergency Services Unit searched the house at 49 Overhill Road after community members complained about people selling drugs in the area, police said.
During the search, police found “quantities of marijuana packaged for sale,” cash, a .22-caliber Ruger automatic pistol, a .22-caliber assault rifle, an extendable billy club and brass knuckles, according to a police and court reports.
While the pistol was determined to be illegal, the assault rifle was legally owned, said Riverhead police Det. Tim Hubbard.
Three men who lived at the house were arrested at the scene, police said.
The 19-year-old Brewer was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both felonies, and three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all misdemeanors.
He was also charged with and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after police found he had Xanax in his possession during the search.
Mr. Brewer was arraigned in Riverhead Town Justice Court Wednesday and held in Suffolk County jail on $10,000 cash bail. He appeared again in court Thursday, where his bail was lowered to $2,500, court officials said.
He posted bail the same day and is due back in court on June 17, authorities said.
His brother, James Brewer, 24, was also charged with second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, while the boy’s father, Gregory Brewer, 55, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, police said.
The two men were released with a future date in court.