WHITE PLAINS – Two people
Thursday pled guilty to charges related to narcotics and dog fighting.
Peter Byrne, 25, of Yonkers, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled
substance in the third degree and two counts of prohibition of animal
fighting, both felonies.
Tasha Lewis, 27, of Yonkers, pled guilty to endangering the welfare of
a child, a misdemeanor.
A third person, Anthony Gonzalez, 27, of Yonkers, remains charged with
three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third
degree and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree,
On March 4, Yonkers Police conducted surveillance at 34 Alida Street and
observed Gonzalez engaged in a drug transaction with crack cocaine. The
buyer fled and threw the drug to the ground.
Armed with a search warrant, police raided Byrne’s residence and
found more crack cocaine in a dog house in the backyard. They also found
$16,000 in cash.
Police also uncovered a dog fighting ring – a three foot high Plexiglas
enclosure, a variety of veterinary pharmaceuticals and muscle-enhancement
substances, hypodermic instruments and IV tubing, two dog treadmills and
other tools used to train dogs to fight.
Police obtained a second search warrant for a garage and found 15 pit
bull dogs, each with bites and puncture wounds consistent with dog fights.
The dogs were living in squalor and emaciated
Five of the dogs required extended veterinary care.
When sentenced, Byrne faces up to nine years in prison and Lewis faces
one year in the county jail.
Gonzalez faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.