20 Collared in Long Island Heroin Bust

By Hasani Gittens
|  Wednesday, May 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:23 PM EDT
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20 Collared in Long Island Heroin Bust

"True Religion" and "Quicksand" brand heroin.

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Twenty people in Eastern Long Island have been arrested on various charges linked to the sale and distribution of heroin, prosecutors said.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says more than 4,400 packets of heroin were seized after a nine-month investigation.

Eight search warrants were issued in various Long Island communities, as well as a site in Queens.

The district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force executed eight search warrants in Mattituck, Coram, Greenport, Flanders, Calverton, Riverhead, and Ridgewood, Queens seizing the bags of heroin packaged for street sale, as well as 5.6 ounces of cocaine, and scales, wax packets, and other packaging supplies for street sales.

Heroin packages were stamped with names like "Quicksand," "True Religion," "Google," and "Privilege."

About $173,000 in cash was also recovered.

“There’s no better illustration of the profits to be had peddling heroin than the amount of cash Task Force detectives found scattered throughout 15 Albright Drive in Coram,” Spota said.

Spota says New York City suppliers delivered an average of 25 sleeves of heroin per week to eastern Long Island.

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