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DA to detail Brooklyn to Suffolk heroin ring

SUFFOLK

Vast heroin ring found

Narcotics investigators plan to announce the arrest of about 30 people Wednesday for their alleged role in a drug distribution network that involved Suffolk residents traveling almost daily to Brooklyn to buy heroin.

Heroin purchased in Brooklyn was resold in Suffolk for nearly double its original price, authorities said.

Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference at his office in Hauppauge, said Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the DA's office.

The arrests resulted from the execution of seven search warrants and 14 indictments. The identities of those charged weren't released. Charges will include criminal conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Mid- and low-level dealers bought, on average, 500 bags of heroin a week in Brooklyn, Clifford said.

In the city, the Suffolk-based dealers would buy heroin for $55 to $60 a bundle, about 10 bags, and sell the bundles on Long Island for $100 to $120 a bundle, investigators found.

The case, which involved wiretaps, surveillance and undercover purchases, was investigated by Suffolk's heroin task force, which includes Suffolk police detectives, county district attorney detectives, the Drug Enforcement Agency, State Police and Suffolk sheriff's office.

MERRICK

Missing man was in crash

A missing man who was the subject of a Nassau "Silver Alert" bulletin has been found in a hospital, where he had been since a one-car accident Monday, police said.

Nassau police had issued the alert for Brian Woodyard, 69, last seen leaving his home in Merrick Monday, headed for Deer Park in his 1998 black Oldsmobile. He was found in Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

Police said Woodyard had been involved in a crash on the Southern State Parkway. A State Police report on the incident said the accident happened at 5:18 p.m. on the westbound parkway near Eagle Avenue, Exit 18. No other details were available. It also was unclear if hospital workers or State Police learned his identity and contacted Nassau police.

EAST ISLIP

Fight led to stabbing

A fight between two teens over a girl led to an assault and stabbing when a brawl outside a bowling alley in East Islip escalated and involved dozens of people, Suffolk police said Tuesday.

Neither the stabbing victim, who was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, or a person who was struck in the head with a metal pipe suffered serious injuries, police said. Neither was identified.

The incident began at about 11:45 p.m. Monday outside East Islip Lanes on Montauk Highway and Greenwood Avenue, police said. They said the fight quickly escalated until more than 40 people were involved.

No one has been arrested in the incident, which remained under investigation Tuesday.

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