DA: 16 arrested in major heroin ring takedown in Suffolk
Officials say heroin, crack-cocaine, more than $100,000 in cash and nine luxury cars were seized in a drug distribution takedown that spanned from Queens to Suffolk County.
Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota – along with officials from the DEA and Suffolk police – announced Wednesday the arrest of 16 people connected to two alleged stash houses in Suffolk – one in Central Islip and the other in Brentwood. He says $52,000 in cash, a rifle, heroin, cocaine and marijuana were seized from the Central Islip home.
Police say the alleged ring leader, Oswaldo Alfaro, personally transported 240 bags of heroin nearly every three days to the two alleged stash houses. They say Alfaro's sister lived in the Central Islip home with her five children and was part of the drug operation.
Spota says Alfaro was a taskmaster who pushed his runners from 8 a.m. until midnight every day. He says the drugs went to a steady and large customer base – including home deliveries to areas in Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, East Islip, Islip Terrace, Oakdale, Bay Shore and Smithtown.
According to the district attorney, the arrests were the result of six search warrants in Brentwood, Central Islip, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona and Little Neck. They seized $125,000 in cash, three pistols, a kilo of heroin, 90 grams of crack-cocaine, 195 grams of marijuana and nine high-end vehicles.
Twelve Suffolk County residents are facing heroin and cocaine trafficking charges.