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East End drug ring bust

One gram of cocaine and another package of

One gram of cocaine and another package of cocaine are on display inside the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse where Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas Spota, announced a major drug bust. (July 31, 2012) Photo Credit: James Carbone

Officials busted a major East End drug ring on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 that brought as much as four kilograms per week of cocaine to the area every week, prosecutors said.

Police Handout photo of Radames Melendes Jr., one
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Police Handout photo of Radames Melendes Jr., one of the men arrested by Suffolk County police in a major cocaine bust. (July 31, 2012)

Handout photo of Robert Love, one of men
Photo Credit: Handout

Handout photo of Robert Love, one of men arrested by Suffolk County police in a major cocaine bust.

A Bible that police said was used to
Photo Credit: James Carbone

A Bible that police said was used to smuggle drugs is on display during a news conference Tuesday at the Suffolk County Court in Riverhead. It was among items seized during a raid that police said broke up one of the largest cocaine rings operating on the East End. (July 31, 2012)

A bag of cocaine that police said weighed
Photo Credit: Newsday James Carbone

A bag of cocaine that police said weighed a kilogram, or 1,000 grams, is on display during a news conference Tuesday at the Suffolk County Court building in Riverhead. A kilogram equals 2 pounds 3.3 ounces. (July 31, 2012)

Law enforcement authorities display money that was confiscated
Photo Credit: Newsday James Carbone

Law enforcement authorities display money that was confiscated when police broke up a drug ring with arrests and seizures. The money was on display Tuesday during a news conference in the Suffolk County Court building in Riverhead. (July 31, 2012)

Items seized during a major cocaine bust on
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Items seized during a major cocaine bust on display inside the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse where Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas Spota, announced a major drug bust. (July 31, 2012)

Items seized during a major cocaine bust are
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Items seized during a major cocaine bust are on display inside the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse where Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas Spota, announced a major drug bust. (July 31, 2012)

Suffolk County district attorney Thomas Spota holds up
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Suffolk County district attorney Thomas Spota holds up a kilo of cocaine seized in a major cocaine drug bust during a press conference at the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse. (July 31, 2012)

One gram of cocaine and another package of
Photo Credit: James Carbone

One gram of cocaine and another package of cocaine are on display inside the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse where Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas Spota, announced a major drug bust. (July 31, 2012)

Cocaine on display inside the fifth floor library
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Cocaine on display inside the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse where Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas Spota, announced a major drug bust. (July 31, 2012)

A chalkboard used by drug dealers, on display
Photo Credit: James Carbone

A chalkboard used by drug dealers, on display inside the fifth floor library in the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse where Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas Spota, announced a major drug bust. (July 31, 2012)

Suffolk County district attorney Thomas Spota holds
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Suffolk County district attorney Thomas Spota holds up a kilo of cocaine seized in a major cocaine drug bust during a press conference at the Suffolk County Criminal Courthouse. (July 31, 2012)

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