Mangano – Police Arrest 12 drug dealers and keep 700 bags of Heroin off the Street

By Eden Laikin

County Executive Ed Mangano was joined by Nassau’s District Attorney and Police Commissioner yesterday, to announce the arrest of a major heroin trafficker in Freeport – and six lower-level drug dealers – all of whom distributed large amounts of Heroin throughout the communities of Merrick, Massapequa, Seaford and Wantagh.

That brings to 12, the number of drug dealers arrested by Nassau police this month, and more than 700 bags of heroin taken off the street.

“Today’s arrests cannot undo the damage that this drug epidemic has done to our communities and families,” County Executive Mangano said. “But, with the District Attorney, Police Department and community partners, we have been aggressively combatting the heroin crisis that plagues our area.”

Included in yesterday’s group of defendants, is a 58-year old father and his 2 sons. Three of the arrested dealers live in Long Beach, 2 others are from Merrick; and 1 from the Bronx. The one-month investigation leading to the arrests – March 2016 to April 2016 – was done in conjunction with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The individuals arrested were each charged with multiple drug-dealing related crimes, and were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead.

  • Brian E. Jones, 35, of Freeport is charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, four counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • Pedro Ramirez, 37, of the Bronx is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • Sean Arias, 28 of Merrick is charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • Sean’s brother – Jesse Arias, 37, of Long Beach – is charged with Conspiracy.
  • Their father – Reynaldo A. Arias, 58, of Long Beach -is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • William E. Johnson, 61, of Long Beach is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Facilitation.
  • Defendant Robert G. Baumberger, 26, of Merrick is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.

Four of the other 5 defendants were arrested by detectives with the recently formed Joint Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force.

Last week, a 2 month investigation by the task force into 3 fatal Heroin overdoses that occurred in Nassau County – culminated in the arrest of two Levittown men for selling 312 bags of heroin and half an ounce of cocaine to an undercover detective. Detectives believe the defendants are responsible for regularly supplying heroin to the area.

Thomas C. Curry, 25, of Jester Lane is charged with 8 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and 7 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. The investigation also led to the arrest of Curry’s source of heroin supply – Brian P. Altman.

Altman, 32, of Eden Lane – who is currently on New York State Parole – is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. Both men were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on April 20.

Also last week, detectives with the Joint Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force, along with Bureau of Special Operations police officers, arrested a Copiague man for selling heroin in North Massapequa. Defendant Maldane Cockett, 26, is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. He was arraigned on April 19. According to detectives, Cockett is a school bus driver for Educational Bus Transportation in Suffolk County.

Members of the Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force, which was formed in February, also conducted an operation that led to the arrest of a Brooklyn man for selling 390 bags of heroin to an undercover detective in Wantagh. Defendant Jason Perez, 30, is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. He was arraigned on April 10.

Narcotics/Vice Bureau Detectives, meanwhile, arrested a Massapequa couple, in possession of a large quantity of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and assorted prescription pills – as well as drug paraphernalia and packaging used in the sale of heroin. Defendants Jennifer Lopez, 20, and Windsor Coleman, 26, were charged with several counts of selling drugs and were arraigned on April 2.

“Let these arrests send a message to other individuals who cause such crimes…..we are coming for you, we never give up, we will find you and we will put you behind bars,” Mangano said.

 

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