By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and District Attorney Madeline Singas today announced the bust of a major heroin trafficking ring, which distributed large quantities from its base of operations in Pittsburgh, PA, throughout Nassau County and NYC.
In all, about 3.4 kilos of heroin – valued between $750,000 and $1 million – were prevented from reaching the streets, the County executive said. Seven members of the ring were arrested on various drug dealing charges. Also seized in this investigation was $150,000 and three vehicles.
The drug bust was the culmination of a joint operation conducted between Sept. 1 and Dec. 9, 2015, by the NCPD Major Case Bureau, Narcotics Vice Squad, DEA and the District Attorney’s Office. The seven arrested members were identified, using electronic and street level surveillance.
Donna Martin and Mark Mahabirsingh were identified as local distributors, who on two separate dates sold 100 and 70 grams of heroin. The heroin from the 100 gram deal was tested and revealed to be 56% pure (in contrast to the average street level which fall within the range of 9-14%). The head of the trafficking organization, Victor McKeever, resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
On Nov. 22, 2015, approximately two kilograms of heroin was seized at a Mega Bus Depot in NYC from Anthony Greer’s backpack destined for Pittsburgh – street value of $500,000.
This network’s “Stash House” was identified as an apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens. On Dec. 9, 2015, approximately one kilogram of heroin, cutting agents including Fentanyl, plastic wrapping and a kilogram press were recovered from the stash house. On Dec. 9, 2015, Shawn Patterson was arrested in connection with this conspiracy, having 400 grams of heroin in his possession.
County Executive Ed Mangano expressed his thanks to all involved in this and future multi-jurisdictional law enforcement efforts and said the arrests will have a major impact on curtailing the use and/or sale of heroin here.
“I’d like to thank the men and women of the Nassau County Police Department, District Attorney’s Office and DEA for their continued pursuit of drug dealers,” he said. “Thanks to them, this illegal drug pipeline from Pittsburgh to NYC and Nassau County is now closed.”
Heroin addiction has become a national epidemic and locally, one person dies a day on Long Island from a heroin and pain pill overdose.
“We continue to combat heroin and opioid abuse through a comprehensive strategy of education, awareness, treatment, and enforcement,” Mangano said. “Initiatives such as this are critical in stopping the flow of drugs to our community.”
“More drug dealers are out there, killing our children,” he added. “We will continue our efforts to take them down.
The County Executive also reminded families that there is help available – for those addicted to Heroin or prescription pain pills. The Mangano administration:
• Hosts monthly lifesaving overdose prevention seminars.
• Partners with the Long Island Crisis Center to offer a 24 hour a day, seven day a week Mental Health Substance Abuse Helpline 516-277-TALK.
• Offers new treatment programs such as “A Shot at Life,” which is a once-a-month, extended-release injection that cannot be abused, is non-addictive, and caps brain receptors from the cravings of Opiates.