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Uniondale man convicted of drug trafficking, Nassau DA says

David Ramis, 40, was arrested as part of Operation Gram Slam, a law enforcement effort to dismantle heroin and cocaine distribution.

David Ramis, 40, was convicted by a jury

David Ramis, 40, was convicted by a jury on Monday of two counts of operating as a major trafficker in Nassau County. Credit: NCDA

A Uniondale man who supplied heroin and cocaine to about 50 dealers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and upstate New York has been convicted of multiple drug-related charges — including one that carries a life sentence, prosecutors said Tuesday.

David Ramis, 40, was convicted by a jury Monday of two counts of operating as a major trafficker in Nassau County. He faces up to life in prison, according to a news release from Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas’ office.

Ramis’ attorney, Natasja Bellinger of West Islip, declined to comment.

In January 2016, Singas’ office began investigating Ramis as a supplier of heroin and cocaine to about 50 dealers throughout Long Island and upstate New York.

Most of Ramis’ transactions took place in front of his Uniondale home, Singas said. To avoid driving around with narcotics so often, Ramis told his top customers to double up their orders, prosecutors said.

During the investigation, police seized a kilogram of cocaine and more than 130 grams of heroin using search warrants and car stops, Singas said.

Within a three-month period of the investigation, the street value of the heroin Ramis had sold to his three top customers was valued at more than $250,000, prosecutors said. He was arrested in July 2016.

The probe involving Ramis is part of a wider investigation, dubbed Operation Gram Slam, that resulted in the indictments of 31 people in July 2016 for their roles in a Nassau and Suffolk narcotics ring, prosecutors said.

“When David Ramis was arrested as part of Operation Gram Slam, an entire heroin distribution ring was dismantled in Nassau County,” Singas said in the release.

Ramis was also convicted of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, eight counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of first-degree conspiracy, two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy, and two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

The defendant is due back in court June 15 for sentencing and faces a maximum of 49 years to life in prison.

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