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North Babylon man charged in drug sting, cops say

A North Babylon man has been arrested in Brentwood after prosecutors said he tried to sell almost 2.5 kilograms of heroin in a sting, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Juan Jimenez, 37, also called Jason, was charged with possession with intent to distribute over two kilograms of heroin in Brentwood.

“As alleged in the complaint, Jiminez was involved in the wholesale trafficking of heroin, contributing to the opioid plague that has caused great suffering on Long Island,” Acting U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.

If convicted, Jimenez, who was ordered detained, now faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and possibly, a life sentence. His lawyer was not immediately available.

The buyer of the drug, a “cooperating source,” told U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigators last May that he knew a drug dealer looking for a smuggler to import heroin to the United States and on to Long Island, the complaint said.

DEA agents directed the cooperating source to tell the drug dealer he was a smuggler who supplied Long Island, it said.

The drug dealer agreed to introduce the cooperating source to a Long Island customer who was Jimenez, prosecutors said.

The defendant then negotiated with the cooperating source to buy six to ten kilograms of Colombian white powder heroin every two weeks, the complaint said.

That was a “good start,” it quoted Jimenez as saying.

After a series of exchanges that were recorded over several months, Jimenez asked the cooperating source if he knew of another buyer for a so-called brown heroin shipment from Mexico that he was having trouble selling, the complaint said.

The cooperating source said he knew a buyer in Canada and the defendant was to provide a sample of the drug, prosecutors said. The next day, the two met in a Brentwood parking to complete the sale, where Jimenez was arrested.

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