Kevin Saunders

Boy Scout leader busted for allegedly selling heroin, gun possession

A sign spotted outside the raided home reportedly read, ‘SIHOPE: Staten Island Against Drug Abuse’

A Boy Scout volunteer was jailed last week after a raid at a Staten Island, New York, home reportedly produced 277 glassines of heroin and various contraband.

According to the New York Daily News, Scout volunteer nephew, Kevin Saunders, 25, and his uncle, Alan Soler, 44, both of Staten Island, were arrested Friday when police seized copious heroin, a shotgun, an imitation pistol, scales, and drug packaging from the residence.

The Staten Island Advance reported that Saunders was a registered Boy Scout leader. Since his arrest, however, the organization said they placed Saunders on a list of ineligible volunteers. Soler, a Boy Scout parent, is barred from participating in Scouts programs, according to WNBC.

The Daily News reported that prosecutors said that Soler’s two children and his niece were home during Friday’s raid. Public records obtained by the Advance indicated that Soler lives at the Staten Island home where the drugs were seized.

The newspaper also reported that police claimed that the Staten Island home was part of an investigation into several drug overdoses. In court, Saunders’ attorney claimed that the drugs didn’t belong to his client.

“What they found is an ID badge that actually happens to be a Cub Scout ID badge he happened to have with him when he was there with his cousins,” the lawyer said.

“My client is a drug addict, your honor. He is not a dealer, he is a user.”

An NYPD spokesperson revealed that both men have previous arrests for drugs. Soler and Saunders are facing several charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic drugs, reckless endangerment, failure to register a weapon, and acting in an injurious to a person under 17-years-old.

Saunders is jailed on $25,000 bail while Soler is being held until a bail hearing on Monday.

[Featured Image: Kevin Saunders/Facebook]

Subscribe to Crime Stories with Nancy Grace: Apple Podcasts | iHeart | Art 19 | Google Play | RSS | Stitcher