Mineola, NY - June 13, 2016 - Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that seven people have been indicted for their alleged involvement in a heroin ring that operated in Nassau County, Queens County and Pittsburgh.
Six of the seven defendants have been arraigned on multiple charges, while the final defendant was transported from Georgia this weekend and is expected to be arraigned on sealed grand jury indictment charges today.
The ring, allegedly directed by defendant Victor McKeever in Pittsburgh, used a stash house in Kew Gardens, Queens, and sold drugs intended for Freeport in Nassau County and other locations.
Victor McKeever, 53, was arraigned last Thursday morning before Acting Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz on charges including Operating as a Major Trafficker (an A-I felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 1st Degree (an A-I felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree (an A-II felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (a B felony), two counts of Conspiracy in the 2nd Degree (a B felony) and Conspiracy in the 4th Degree (an E felony).
The defendant pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $1,000,000 bond or $500,000 cash. McKeever is due back in court on July 12. The defendant faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the top count. The defendant was arrested in December and was extradited by members of the Nassau County Police Department last week.
The arrests are the result of a four month joint investigation into heroin sales involving the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Nassau County Police Department Narcotics Vice Bureau and the Drug Enforcement Administration Long Island District Office Task Force, which comprises agents and officers of the DEA, NCPD, NCDA, New York State Police, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and the Hempstead Police Department.
The investigation was assisted by members of the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor, DEA Newark, DEA Los Angeles, DEA Pittsburgh, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, Pennsylvania State Parole and the U.S. Marshals.
“Heroin is devastating our families, communities and our country. With these arrests we stopped more than three kilograms of heroin from reaching our streets. We will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners and use every available tool to hunt down those who peddle this deadly poison and bring them to justice,” DA Singas said.