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Accused Elmont drug peddler seeks bail

Thomas McKinley, 53, of Elmont, has been charged

Thomas McKinley, 53, of Elmont, has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a raid, police said. (March 25, 2013) Credit: NCPD

The attorney for a man jailed on charges that he peddled heroin out of his Elmont home plans to ask a judge Friday to set bail.

Thomas McKinley, 53, and his wife, Lorraine Bianchini, 61, had been arrested Monday and pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drug charges. McKinley was denied bail by District Court Judge Colin O'Donnell, who set Bianchini's bail at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash.

Bianchini is charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, while McKinley is charged with multiple counts of criminal sale and criminal possession.

McKinley's attorney, Lori Golombek of Westbury, asked a judge Thursday for a bail application proceeding when the case returns to court, in Nassau County, Friday.

Golombek was appointed by the court Thursday to represent McKinley, who was not in court. A courthouse roster of prisoners lists McKinley as not appearing because he's sick.

Bail hasn't been posted for Bianchini, meanwhile, and she remains behind bars.

Police accuse McKinley of supplying dealers and users across Nassau County.

During a warrant-authorized raid of the couple's Times Avenue home Monday, police claim they found more than 1,500 glassine envelopes of heroin -- about 2 ounces -- along with pills and money. According to court papers, polices say McKinley was caught doing heroin sales on Jan. 3, Jan. 31, and Feb. 22. He is also charged with making two sales on March 25 -- including one less than an hour before officers stormed the house.

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