AMITYVILLE - Police say a massive cocaine network that operated from the West Coast to Long Island has been busted.
According to police, 19 people, many of them Suffolk County residents, are accused of being part of the ring. Prosecutors say almost all of the accused suspects operated some form of a legitimate business, making it easy for them to blend into the community.
Authorities officially announced the takedown of the ring today. News 12 first reported the arrests in June.
One of the suspects, house cleaning business owner Juan Funes, of Amityville, is accused of operating as a major drug trafficker.
The other defendants are residents of Copiague, West Babylon, Babylon, Lindenhurst, Bayport, Bay Shore, Huntington and Bellrose, Queens. Police say those charged include the owners of a deli, a gutter business and construction business.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says arrests were made after California investigators seized 20 kilograms of cocaine set to be delivered to Funes' home on Bennet Place in Amityville.
Police say they had search warrants and seized 19 handguns, an assault rifle, 14 other rifles, five shotguns, cocaine packaging materials, four kilograms of cocaine and $400,000 in cash.
Funes’ attorney says his client is a well-respected businessman and that no drugs were found in his home.