A judge set bail at up to a half-million dollars for two Farmingdale home invasion suspects accused of pistol-whipping an alleged drug dealer who was also arrested over the weekend.

Edward Thomas, 23, of Manhattan, and 23-year-old Chris Lee of Brooklyn were arraigned Sunday on charges of burglary criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.

Nassau County police arrested the duo for breaking into the 9th Avenue home of Damin Porcelli and hitting the 33-year-old man in the head with a handgun shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

Porcelli fled the home while the two assailants were inside and police surrounded the house, police said. The two attackers were taken into custody shortly later.

Porcelli was also arrested after investigators found 771 bags of heroin, 110 vials of crack cocaine, two jars of marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia and cash inside the house, police said.

Authorities also seized a .357 revolver, a .25 caliber handgun, two defaced .380 caliber handguns.


Porcelli was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana.

His bail was set at $300,000 bond or $200,000 cash. All three are due back in court Wednesday.


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