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Cops: 5 Long Islanders face drug, weapons charges

Donte McLeod
Photo Credit: New York State Police

Five people from Long Island were arrested Wednesday by state police on felony weapons charges after a traffic stop in Deer Park, authorities said Jan. 16.

Troopers arrested Donte McLeod, 19, of Melville; Robert Jones, 19, of Deer Park; Ronald Kibler, 22, of Deer Park; Shannon Kalish, 18, of Melville; and Joseph Benedetto, 21, of Deer Park, on charges of second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Members of the State Police Narcotic Enforcement Unit were investing along Deer Park Avenue near Grand Avenue around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, when they reportedly saw a Jeep pull into a parking lot and meet a gathering of people.

Investigators believed the group engaged in a drug deal and followed the Jeep along Grand Avenue, until initialing a traffic stop near 10th Avenue. On the floor of the car, police allegedly found a “defaced” and loaded .38 caliber revolver.

All five people inside the vehicle were arrested at the scene and held in police custody.

In a news release, police said Kalish and Jones were additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly illegally possessing Xanax.

The five were due to appear Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Donte McLeod
Donte McLeod Photo Credit: New York State Police

Donte McLeod

Donte McLeod, 19, of Melville, was arrested Wednesday night in Deer Park after a traffic stop. He and four others were charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Robert Jones
Robert Jones Photo Credit: New York State Police

Robert Jones

Robert Jones, 19, of Deer Park, was charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Wednesday.

Ronald Kilber
Ronald Kilber Photo Credit: New York State Police

Ronald Kilber

Ronald Kliber, 22, of Deer Park, and four others were arrested Wednesday on weapons charges after police said they found a defaced and loaded gun in a Jeep he was in.

Shannon Kalish
Shannon Kalish Photo Credit: New York State Police

Shannon Kalish

Shannon Kalish, 18, of Melville, was charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Joseph Benedetto
Joseph Benedetto Photo Credit: New York State Police

Joseph Benedetto

Joseph Benedetto, 21, Deer Park, was charged Wednesday night along with four others with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a traffic stop.