Police bust alleged LI heroin ring, arrest 23 suspects

Police say they have broken up one of the largest suspected heroin rings operating in Suffolk County and have arrested nearly two dozen suspects. The

WOODBURY - Police say they have broken up one of the largest suspected heroin rings operating in Suffolk County and have arrested nearly two dozen suspects. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says the heroin was prepared in Queens and then sold in Sayville, Smithtown, Selden, Sound Beach, Ronkonkoma, East Islip, Holbrook and other Suffolk communities. Police say Carlos Melendez and Joel Guzman ran a stash house out of Corona, Queens. According to investigators, another suspect, Ricardo Rifino, of Sayville, would buy about 2,000 bags of heroin from Melendez and Guzman every week and sell them to other dealers in Suffolk County. According to investigators, over the past five years, the drug ring had sold $10 million worth of heroin in Suffolk."They were selling to high school kids, they were selling to anybody," says Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.Rifino and three other suspects have been indicted on the charge of operating as major drug traffickers. If convicted, they are facing up to 25 years to life.

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