The Glen Cove City police identified a Brooklyn woman as a major dealer of heroin on Nassau County’s North Shore after she was arrested Tuesday with nearly 600 bags of the drug and almost $4,000 in cash.
Damaris Lee Santana, 22, was charged with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said in a Friday news release.
The arrest was made jointly in Brooklyn by Glen Cove police, the Nassau County police narcotics-vice squad, Suffolk County police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the release said.
Santana, who officials said was supplying heroin to Glen Cove and the surrounding area, had 598 bags of heroin and about $3,900 in cash when the car she was driving was pulled over on Decatur Street in Brooklyn, the release said.
Glen Cove Det. Lt. John Nagle said the arrest came after “intensive investigation” originated by his department’s crime prevention unit.
“This particular dealer was bringing out this deadly drug to our community and the entire North Shore area,” Nagle said.
Another Brooklyn woman in the car, Jessica Cales, 35, is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.
Each was arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Santana is being held on a cash bail of $150,000, Cales on a cash bail of $100,000.
Santana’s sister, 12, was a passenger in the car when it was pulled over, police said. She was released to family.
Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton said he was thoroughly and totally disgusted with those who choose to deal “this deadly drug to our youth.”
He said, “It’s causing tremendous damage to families throughout the country.”
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello praised the efforts of the joint investigation, saying he is “thankful for the outstanding collaboration” among law and drug enforcement officers.
Spinello also called the arrest critical “for the safety of our community and its young people.”