CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Croton police say they found narcotics in the home of a Croton man after a small fire in his building’s basement Saturday that drew a hazmat team.
Firemen responding to the fire told police they found “dangerous chemicals” in the basement of 1803, which Tramaglini said led them to discover the narcotics.
To deal with the chemicals, hazmat teams from Westchester County and the FDR VA in Montrose responded as part of the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation removed the chemicals from the scene.
Eric Scuccimarra, 37, was arraigned Sunday after being charged with third- and fifth- degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. He is being held in Westchester County jail on $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond, Croton Police Chief Anthony Tramaglini said in a press release.
The morning fire forced residents to evacuate. Those in the 1700 and 1900 buildings were able to return to their homes Saturday night, and those in the 1800 building returned Sunday, except for 1803, where Scuccimarra lives, police said.
There are 277 townhouses in the riverside complex, and the newer units have private basements, while others are shared, police said.