Suffolk authorities say they have indicted 19 people for alleged drug trafficking, reaching as far as New York City nationwide and linked to three fatal overdoses.
The ring is accused of selling heroin, cocaine, crack, opioid pills and other narcotics, the authorities said. Timothy Sini, Suffolk district attorney, said the suspects in the "multimillion-dollar ring" would sell to traders at prices of 100 grams each and change their prices by region. They are also accused of producing drugs, including crack cocaine and pills.
The years-long investigation called "Operation Moneygram" is part of an attempt to stem the heroin epidemic that devastates the districts of Nassau and Suffolk. As part of the effort, increased coercive measures and arrests were carried out by traders and suppliers in association with addicts treatment.
"It is important that we eliminate these traffickers," Sini said at a press conference in Hauppauge on Thursday. "We will maintain the pressure."
The authorities said they confiscated more than 425 grams of heroin or 15,000 unit doses worth $ 150,000 and taken the ring's alleged leader, Sheron Davis, 31, of Baldwin, known as "Money Ron." allegedly different from the street vendors. He was the head of a dealer network where he sold narcotics and sued more for drugs in Suffolk County than Queens, and is believed to be a member of the Bloods gang, officials said.
The bust contained search warrants executed on Monday in five locations, including the Hempstead Ring Warehouse and Warehouse, Davis House in Baldwin, and another defendant's home in Freeport. According to the authorities, drugs were confiscated, a kilogram hydraulic press, surveillance equipment, weapons, ammunition, scales, and packaging, about $ 4,000 in cash, BMWs, and a 2018 Toyota Camry with secret compartments for transporting narcotics.
"We do not think this is a drop in the bucket," Sini said. "We believe that this is an important case."
Fourteen of the 19 suspects are in custody and five are still to be arrested.
The defendants, to whom, according to the officials, alleged members of the Bloods, known as the Nine Trey Gangster, belong, are each charged with a second degree conspiracy that could lead to a maximum sentence of 8⅓ to 25 years in prison if they were to Sentencing sentenced said.
"If we target a drug team responsible for poisoning our homes, we'll take them to where they belong, and that's in jail," said Timothy Flaherty, deputy special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Sini said the investigation started in October last year after police received information about overdoses deposited with a dealer allegedly supplied by Davis. The three deadly overdoses or to the accusations of the accused Sini would not go further. He would only say that two occurred in Suffolk County and one in Nassau.
"It's clear that the world of drug trafficking on Long Island knows no bounds," he said, adding that the defendants "were determined to make a profit without regard to human life."
The investigation involved electronic and physical surveillance.
Law enforcement officials involved in the bust included investigators from the Procuratorate, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the State Police, the police in Nassau and Suffolk, and Hempstead Village police
The 14 in custody are: Davis; Cesar Julio Diaz Bautista, 31, of Freeport, to whom Camry allegedly belonged; Charles Davis, 27th known as "Rock" of Hempstead; Calvin Honegan, 30, known as ".40 Caliber" by Freeport; David Ortiz, 30, known as "Big Poppy," from the Rockville Center, Katie Gallagher, 28, from Wantagh, Shawn Daniels, 34, from Hempstead, Quamel Key, 27, known as "Qua" or "Reckless," from Hempstead; Jhakim Marson, 25, known as "Mula" by Hempstead, Jeremy McFarland, 30, known as "Germ", by Baldwin, Tyrik Reese, 29, known as "Freak", Freeport, Russell Neiderman, 32, Freeport; Gerard Lombardo, 27, known as "Bones" by Farmingdale and Taiquan Cullum, 29th known as "Ta Ta", from Hempstead.
On Wednesday, eleven defendants were brought to justice. Key and Lombardo were charged on Thursday. Information about their charges was not available in online court records on Thursday afternoon, and it was not known if they had legal counsel.
A defendant is imprisoned for other charges and must be processed in this case.