Officials: 36 indicted in massive Route 110 heroin takedown
Thirty-six alleged drug traffickers turned Route 110 into "their own personal heroin highway," according to Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Local, state and federal authorities announced Tuesday indictments against those 36 people in a massive heroin distribution ring that spanned both Nassau and Suffolk counties along Route 110.
During a news conference, Singas said the Long Island Heroin Task Force received a tip that sparked an investigation into the drug ring. After months of electronic surveillance and controlled purchases, authorities executed raids this morning and afternoon that yielded cash, guns, cars and drugs.
Singas said the so-called 110 Crew was a three-tiered operation that included 15 distributors and 18 resellers. She said dealers would use motels and the parking lots of coffee shops and big box stores to distribute drugs. She said they would even count cash and measure their product in broad daylight.
"It's frightening how routinely they operated in area that were well populated in parking lots where moms were with their kids and shopping. It's as if no one else existed but this heroin ring," Singas said.
According to the 59-count indictment, Elvin Rosario, also known as Fling, and Reinardo Adames, known as Tito, and another indicted individual supplied large quantities of heroin to the 15 distributors. Those three alleged suppliers, known as the "Papis," allegedly stored drugs at homes in Farmingdale, Lindenhurst, West Babylon and Bay Shore.
Singas said the 110 Crew included a group of friends that grew up together in North Amityville. She said the crew was able to sell at least 4,000 individual bags of heroin each week for approximately $40,000 to $50,000.
She described the sellers as being from all walks of life, including one that is seven months pregnant and another who is a volunteer firefighter. She also said that one of those arrested was a celebrity correspondent who reportedly worked with Howard Stern and People Magazine.
Singas told the media that they believe the crew also included members of the Bloods gang.
Authorities seized large amounts of heroin and cocaine, several guns, vehicles with hidden compartments and $350,000 in cash during raids Tuesday, according to acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.
Krumpter called the operation one of the largest busts he has ever been a part of.
Authorities said that the investigation into the drug ring is continuing and more arrests are likely.
Nassau police say the ring has been linked to more than 20 overdoses, including one that was fatal.