Defendant Christopher Reece Pleaded Guilty to Felony Drug and Weapon Charges in August
Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Nov. 29 the sentence of Christopher Reece to 10 years in prison following his August conviction for possession of narcotics and a loaded, operable illegal weapon.
“This conviction represents the fourth time that this defendant has been found to have either been selling dangerous drugs and/or possessing illegal weapons,” said DA Tierney. “Enough is enough. He needs to be held responsible for his actions and serve a significant sentence.”
Reece, 45, pleaded guilty in August to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A felony, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony.
The defendant was arrested on October 21, 2021, after members of the Suffolk County Police Department executed a search warrant at his residence on Middleton Road in Bohemia. During the search, detectives recovered 978 grams of cocaine, a loaded .9mm semiautomatic pistol, and two additional magazines.
Members of law enforcement estimate that the sale of the cocaine would have yielded Reece about $90,000 in profit. Also recovered during the execution of the search warrant were several digital scales used for weighing and distributing cocaine, multiple cellular phones, and $7,000 in cash. A review of the cellular telephones recovered at the residence showed communications to and from the defendant, his customers, and others, discussing narcotic transactions.
Reece had been previously convicted in 2014, 2004 and 1998 of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree; Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the Third Degree respectively.
The defendant pleaded guilty on August 25, before Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Timothy P. Mazzei. At the time of his plea, Reece admitted to possessing 978 grams of cocaine and a loaded, operable pistol. On Nov. 29 the defendant was sentenced by Justice Mazzei to 10 years’ incarceration followed by 5 years’ post-release supervision.
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