A drug dealer was arrested in Freeport this week after an investigation into his connection to a fatal overdose in August 2016 – Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.
Nassau County Narcotics Vice Squad Detectives, in conjunction with officers from the Freeport Police Department and the Long Island Joint Heroin Task Force, arrested Anthony Howard, 33, of Freeport – for selling heroin on several dates in May and June of 2017 – after a drug sale Tuesday in Freeport.
Detectives recovered 29 grams of heroin, an amount of cocaine, pills believed to be Tramadol and Watson, quinine and packaging materials – when they arrested Howard on Front Street at 6:45 pm.
Quinine, used since the 1940’s as an anti-malaria drug, is one of the more common additives used by dealers to cut heroin today – as it adds to the “rush” of the heroin injection. Allergic reactions to the drug however can lead to pulmonary death through overstimulation of the central nervous system.
“If you deal drugs in Nassau County, you will be caught and arrested,” County Executive Mangano said. “We won’t stop trying to rid the streets of these killer drugs.”
Defendant Howard is being charged with 4 counts of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and 6 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. He was arraigned yesterday at First District Court in Hempstead.