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Couple operated heroin mill in Franklin Square home, say cops

Tara Nieminski, 33, left, and Alejandro Leguillow, 44,

Tara Nieminski, 33, left, and Alejandro Leguillow, 44, both of Franklin Square, were arrested on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, and charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies, police said. Credit: NCPD

Narcotics detectives have arrested a Franklin Square couple who were operating a heroin mill in their home, Nassau police said Wednesday.

Detectives saw Alejandro Leguillow, 44, and Tara Nieminski, 33, selling a tan powder believed to be heroin on Oct. 28 and 29, and on Sunday, police said.

When the detectives went to the 115 Court House Rd. home to arrest the couple, police said Leguillow tried to flee. After a struggle, he was arrested; his girlfriend was arrested as she tried to leave the home, according to police.

Inside, police said detectives found a tabletop heroin mill -- an assembly line of sorts where dealers prepare the drugs and bag it to sell. After the arrests, police said, the detectives found two plastic bags filled with more than 60 grams of a substance believed to be uncut heroin, 207 glassine envelopes believed to have heroin in them, and roughly 2,000 unused glassine envelopes, which are used to package heroin for individual sale, as well as rubber bands, scales, a strainer, hypodermic needles, cutting agents, an accounting ledger and more than $1,000 in cash.

Leguillow and Nieminski were each charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies. They were arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Bail for Nieminski was set at $20,000 cash or bond; Leguillow's bail was set at $50,000 cash or bond, according to the Nassau County sheriff's department.

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