Drug ring leader accused of using gimmick to sell marijuana on Long Island

A Long Island man is accused Wednesday of running a drug ring known as the Cartoon Network, which allegedly used cartoon characters and wrapping paper in the sale of marijuana to those in the New York metro area, including Long Island.

A DEA official said John Nebel, of Queens and Bay Shore, ran the drug delivery service that distributed more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, the equivalent of just over 2,200 pounds, from January of 1999 through last Thursday. Authorities say Nebel made more than $12,000 a day.

Prosecutors say the so-called Cartoon Network set up rotating call centers from different apartment and hotel rooms, where they would use cell phones to call customers and arrange deliveries. The Marriott Hotel in Uniondale was one of the frequently used locations, officials say, although investigators have not contacted the general manager of the hotel. Police say a drug ring manager bragged in an intercepted phone conversation that celebrities were involved, but the DAs office would not comment on whether anyone famous had been implicated.

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