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Suffolk task force nabs 14 in heroin-dealing bust, Spota says

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota speaks during

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

The East End Drug Task Force has arrested 14 people, including members of the Bloods street gang, and charged them with selling and distributing heroin and cocaine, according to a news release Monday by Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Spota and members of the task force, which comprises up to a dozen law enforcement agencies, will hold a news conference Tuesday about the efforts to dissolve two “drug distribution networks; one dealing heroin, the other cocaine, in eastern Suffolk County,” the news release said.

The news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the law library of the Arthur Cromarty Criminal Courthouse in Riverhead.

Officials said they will display some of the items seized after the execution of dozen warrants, including “kilograms of heroin and cocaine, firearms, and traps devised by drug dealers to hide cocaine.”

The proceeds also include $95,000 in cash that investigators found hidden in a trap in a vehicle’s front seat console, officials said. Another trap was found in an aquarium stand of an alleged dealer’s house, according to the release.

Officials said the two groups operated in the towns of Riverhead and Southampton, with the heroin distribution being run by the Bloods.

But the groups made street sales of cocaine and heroin in Brookhaven communities including Port Jefferson, Mt. Sinai, Sound Beach, Mastic, Shirley and the Moriches.

The task force includes the law enforcement agencies of the New York State Police, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Department of Probation, Southampton Town Police Department, Riverhead Police Department, East Hampton Town Police Department, Southampton Village Police Department, Southold Town Police Department, federal Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Suffolk County District Attorney investigators.


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