DA: 21 people charged with 63 narcotics and weapons trafficking crimes in Suffolk
Twenty-one people, including alleged members of the 9-Trey Bloods gang, have been charged with narcotics and weapons trafficking crimes in Suffolk County.
The indictment covered 63 separate crimes dating back to 2021, including the sale of fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of a 25-year-old woman in November at the Rodeway Inn on Veterans Highway. That victim, Yasmin DeLeon, was the mother to a 4-year-old son.
The victim's mother-in-law, Daree Mimms, says it's a relief knowing that someone is being held accountable for DeLeon's death.
"She was like a daughter to me, she lived with me for quite a while," Mimms says.
Prosecutors say over 250 grams of fentanyl and heroin, enough to kill over 100,000 people, were seized as part of the bust. Hundreds of grams of methamphetamine and cocaine were also seized along with 12 illegal firearms.
Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney Monday also criticized the state's bail reform law for not properly apprehending drug dealers.
"Enough is enough, we need better laws," Tierney said. "And I ask everyone to reach out to your legislators. This is not a bipartisan issue – this is a public safety issue."
He says 350 young people in Suffolk County have died from fentanyl in the last year alone.
Addiction treatment expert Jeffrey Reynolds praised investigators for their work but says more needs to be done to help those struggling with addiction.
"Any time you take a dealer out like this, another one quickly pops up in their place and you wind up playing a game like whack-a-mole," Reynolds says.
Some of the 21 suspects are currently in custody while others posted bail.
There are nearly 200 counts in the indictment ranging from conspiracy to selling narcotics to drug and weapon possession.
Many of the suspects could face 25 years in prison if convicted.