By Eden Laikin
In the third major narcotics bust by Nassau police this month, Narcotics/Vice Squad Detectives arrested another three individuals yesterday on drug sales and weapons charges. The 3 newly arrested defendants are from Uniondale. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that in each case, residents’ tips started the police investigation, leading to the subsequent arrests and drug seizures.
“Continue to call our police tip line – 1-800-244-TIPS. If you see something, say something,” County Executive Mangano stressed. Early last month, Nassau Police broke up two separate drug rings that operated out of homes in Merrick and Hempstead, apprehending several drug dealers and keeping thousands of bags of heroin off the street.
The Police Department’s Narcotics/Vice Squad Detective’s investigation began after residents called in tips regarding illegal drug activity at a business on Front Street in Uniondale. Together with the Nassau County Asset Forfeiture Unit, a search warrant was executed on the business – Wall Street Gold & Silver – located at 1093 Front Street.
That led to the recovery of a rifle flash suppressor / silencer, a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle and the arrest of 3 individuals, from Woodmere, Freeport and Mineola. The Woodmere man was charged with four counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon; the Freeport defendant was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Both defendants were arraigned in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead on Friday, September 09, 2016. The third defendant, a Mineola woman, is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was released on an Appearance Ticket returnable on September 27, 2016. In addition, summons were issued for violations of Town of Hempstead ordinances for operating an illegal second hand dealer/pawn shop.