Suffolk PD calls dismissed fentanyl charge politically motivated
The Suffolk County Police Department says serious accusations by the district attorney's office regarding a recent fentanyl arrest are politically motivated.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office claims police arrested Corey Robinson last Friday for alleged distribution of the deadly drug fentanyl, even though lab results showed it wasn't fentanyl.
At a news conference Saturday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini touted the arrests of Robinson and two other men, saying they recovered 725 grams of fentanyl.
The charges against Robinson were dismissed Wednesday. The DA's office says Commissioner Sini held that news conference knowing that Robinson didn't have pure fentanyl and should not have been arrested on the top charge.
While an initial field test found it was fentanyl, the DA's office points to additional tests that prosecutors say found "no controlled substance." Top police officials say the seized drugs are an illegal fentanyl derivative.
"What is in that package is a controlled substance under New York state law and under federal law," said Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers. "The assistant district attorney was kept updated every step of the way about what we were doing in terms of executing a search warrant and making the charges."
The DA's office says it was not kept in the loop every step of the way. They say nothing additional was found during execution of the search warrant and that Robinson should never have been charged with an A-1 felony.
The controversy comes as Commissioner Sini is running for Suffolk district attorney and after current District Attorney Tom Spota was federally indicted for corruption. Meyers say the DA's office is attempting to paint the picture that the police department is incompetent.
Legislator Rob Trotta says both DA Spota and Police Commissioner Sini are to blame.
"We have one person running for office and one person running out the door, so the legislative body of this county should be looking into things like this and finding out what happened," says Trotta.