Feds: Raid nets fentanyl pills in W. Babylon; 2 arrested
Federal agents in hazmat suits raided a property in West Babylon Wednesday night where they say they found more than 1,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills made with fentanyl.
Prosecutors say federal agents caught two men as they were making pills made from the deadly drug. Daniel O'Neil and Frankie Morano are accused of allegedly producing hundreds, if not thousands, of pills with a pill press inside a detached garage on Little East Neck Road.
Prosecutors say they received anonymous tips back in May about the operation and have since obtained recorded conversations of the pair conspiring to sell the drugs. They say that the men were going to try and sell the pills as oxycodone, when in fact they were really made of fentanyl – a controlled substance that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Nearby residents like Gino Licul say they're sadly not surprised by the news.
"Unfortunately, it's in this neighborhood. It's in every neighborhood," he said.
The garage where the two allegedly produced the pills is just 800 feet from West Babylon Junior High School.
Both men have been released on bond. They will be required to wear electronic monitoring devices and are not allowed to leave Long Island.