20 people indicted in connection with alleged cocaine trafficking ring
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Indictment on alleged drug ring
WOODBURY - Prosecutors say they have broken up a major cocaine operation on Long Island.
Twenty people were indicted today in connection with an alleged cocaine trafficking ring.
Prosecutors say the drug ring is based in California and claim the defendants would drive to both California and Florida to pick up large amounts of cocaine and bring it back to the Island.
A number of the defendants are from the Copiague and Lindenhurst area.
Prosecutors said in court today that they have about three months of wiretaps and video proving some of the defendants were in communication with each other.
The suspects include 7 1/2-month pregnant nurse Maria Rodriguez, Figueroas Deli owner Jesus Sime and Michael Rosati, a contractor and Copiague Little League coach for 15 years.
Prosecutors say they seized cash, coke and guns during the bust, including from the home of Juan Santana – a so-called “major trafficker."