New Hyde Park, Williston Park residents arrested for narcotics

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David Lyons, left, and Grace Lyons. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County Police Department)

A Williston Park man and New Hyde Park woman have been arrested for possession of narcotics, and the arresting officers were transported to a hospital for treatment after exposure to a powder believed to be fentanyl.

David Lyons and Grace Lyons, both 31, were arrested in the rear parking lot of the AMC Theatre in Westbury Saturday night. It is not clear if the two are related. Also apprehended was Deron Barnes, 36, of Freeport.

Deron Barnes. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County Police Department)

A 3rd Precinct patrol supervisor and officer were on a holiday season patrol just after midnight when they observed a 2003 Toyota parked in a dark, remote section of the parking lot. Upon approaching the vehicle the officers observed in plain sight a substance believed to be crack cocaine, as well as bags and envelopes containing heroin and fentanyl, police said.

Multiple needles and crack pipes were also visible, police said.

David Lyons and Grace Lyons were arrested without incident. Barnes fled on foot through the parking lot and engaged in a violent struggle with the officers, punching and kicking them, before being taken into custody, police said.

After the arrests, both officers began to feel faint and light-headed after handling the substance believed to be fentanyl, police said. Both officers, as well as Barnes, who had abrasions on his body, were transported to a nearby hospital. A Nassau County police emergency unit and Nassau County fire marshal assisted in decontamination of the vehicle.

David Lyons and Grace Lyons are each charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Barnes is charged with six counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. All three defendants were arraigned Sunday.

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