Riverhead, NY - July 18, 2016 - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota joined by law enforcement officials affiliated with the East End Drug Task Force will announce in Riverhead the dismantling of two drug distribution networks; one dealing heroin, the other cocaine, in eastern Suffolk County. The news conference will begin at 11:30 am on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in the law library on the fifth floor of the criminal courthouse.
Fourteen people have been arrested and arraigned thus far, including three members of the Bloods street gang. More arrests are expected. Multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin have been seized during the execution of more than one dozen search warrants.
Exhibits at the news conference will include kilograms of heroin and cocaine, firearms, and traps devised by drug dealers to hide cocaine, heroin and, in one instance, $95,000 in cash found by investigators hidden in a trap in a vehicle’s front seat console, and a trap in an aquarium stand found in an alleged dealer’s house.
One dealer made a weekly purchase of a kilo of cocaine in New York City to sell to street dealers who in turn sold cocaine to users in East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton and Southold Towns. The heroin network was run by local members of the Bloods street gang. Both drug distribution networks operated on the east end primarily in the towns of Riverhead and Southampton but also included cocaine and heroin street sales in the Brookhaven Town communities of Port Jefferson, Mt. Sinai, Sound Beach, Mastic, Shirley, and the Moriches area.
The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. The task force includes detectives, police officers and law enforcement personnel from the New York State Police, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Department of Probation, Southampton Town Police Department, Riverhead Police Department, East Hampton Town Police Department, Southampton Village Police Department, Southold Town Police Department, DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Suffolk County District Attorney Investigators.