Staten Island Boy Scout leader arrested for heroin, unregistered guns: police

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Police discovered heroin a guns in the New Brighton home of a Boy Scout leader (Photo courtesy of DCPI).

NEW BRIGHTON, Staten Island — Two men were arrested Friday after police discovered a massive amount of heroin, scales, drug packages and unregistered firearms in one of their homes.

The Staten Island Heroin Overdose Task Force had been investigating several heroin overdoses in the area, which led police to the New Brighton home.

Kevin Saunders, a Staten Island Boy Scout leader busted for heroin possession, in a Facebook photo.

Alan Soler, 44, and Kevin Saunders, 25, face several charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic drugs, reckless endangerment, failure to register a weapon and acting injurious in manner to a person under 17-years-old. Soler was also charged with resisting arrest, police said.

Saunders was a leader for a local Boy Scout troop.

The Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts released the following statement:

“The Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts has taken immediate action to separate from these two individuals, placing Saunders on a list of ineligible volunteers and Soler (who was never officially registered with the organization and who never attended Scout functions) on a list of parents who cannot participate in our programs.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that both Soler and Saunders were Boy Scout leaders. Only Saunders was affiliated with the organization.