School bus driver sold heroin between runs, DA says

The Suffolk district attorney says a school bus driver, Anna Kovarick, would sell heroin after she would drop students off in the morning and afternoon. Prosecutors say Kovarick's boyfriend is in jail, but was telling her where to drop off the drugs. She was not dealing the heroin off the bus or to any of the children, according to officials. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

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A school bus driver bought and sold heroin between her shifts transporting children in West Islip, authorities said.

Anna Kovarick, 38, is charged with selling and possessing controlled substances. She was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip, prosecutors said.

She was being held at the Suffolk jail last night on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail, officials said.

Kovarick and her alleged supplier, Alex Vera of West Hempstead, were arrested Thursday after Kovarick purchased 300 bags of heroin for $1,800 from Vera at a restaurant in Rockville Centre, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Spota said Kovarick, a driver for Acme Bus Corp. in Bohemia, would make morning runs, dropping off children at school, then use her personal vehicle to make heroin deliveries. She'd do the same thing after making her afternoon school bus run, the district attorney said.

Vera was also arraigned Friday on drug charges.

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Police executed a search warrant at Vera's West Hempstead home where they seized three guns, 540 bags of heroin and 6 ounces of cocaine. A handgun had a "defaced serial number," Spota said.

Kovarick's boyfriend, Robert Persad, helped make contacts and appointments for her drug deals from his jail cell, according to Spota. He said Persad is in jail for a parole violation.

The bus company did not return calls seeking comment.

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