Noise violation yields major Queens heroin bust

03-07-14 107 Pct Heroin Arrest
Credit: DCPI

NYPD officers responding to a noise complaint on Friday got more than they bargained for when a Queens man answered the door holding a marijuana pipe and invited them into his apartment filled with heroin, police said.

Just after 11 p.m. on Friday, uniformed officers arrived at a building in Kew Gardens Hills in response to a 311 call about loud radio noise coming from a third floor apartment. A man identified as Frank Giardina answered the door, pipe in hand.

When the officers asked Giardina for his identification, intending to write him a summons, the suspect invited them inside where they saw five bags of what appeared to be heroin sitting in full view on a table in the kitchen.

Giardina was arrested and a warrant obtained. A further search turned up 1,948 glassines of heroin along with packing materials.

Giardina was charged with several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, intent to sell, and  criminal possession of marijuana.

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