Dozens of cops and federal investigators last week searched a Park Slope brownstone that served as headquarters for a drug sale operation, according to the NYPD. The early morning search turned up large quantities of cocaine and weed and two loaded firearms, among other evidence.
According to neighbors, Ernest Jacobs, 38, and his girlfriend Ana Robles, 30, kept a relatively low profile at 30 St. John's Place between 5th and 6th Avenues, aside from an aggressive street-parking routine. DNAInfo reports that Jacobs typically used orange parking cones to block off a spot for his white BMW—and, neighbors believe, to assist customers coming and going from his apartment.
Neighbors also told the outlet that they'd noticed four security cameras mounted on the building's exterior, pointed at the sidewalk below.
The October 5th search took place at 6:20 a.m., according to a criminal complaint filed with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. Upon entry, police found Jacobs and Robles in their bedroom with their 7-year-old son, who is autistic. There was a cocked .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol on the bedroom floor with a round in the chamber, according to the report. Weed was recovered from the bedroom, and cocaine from the kitchen, as well as a 9-mm cartridge and a scale. A MAC-11 9-mm assault weapon was recovered from the basement.
Jacobs and Robles were both arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon, as well as endangering the welfare of a child. Jacobs is being held on $150,000 cash bail, and Robles on $25,000 bail.