Nineteen Long Islanders – many of whom were business owners or had day jobs -- were indicted on drug trafficking charges for their alleged roles in a cross-country cocaine distribution network that operated out of a Suffolk County home, prosecutors say.
The indictments came after authorities in Los Angeles found more than 44 kilograms of cocaine prepped for delivery to a house in Amityville sometime in 2013, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Police in New York later searched the Amityville house and found 19 handguns, and assault rifle, 14 other rifles, 5 shotguns, cocaine and marijuana and drug packaging materials.
Spota said that many of the people facing charges in the drug ring also had real jobs. The suspects include business owners, insurance agents, a taxi driver, a landscaper, a house painter, a day trader and an optical lens maker.
It’s not yet clear how the suspects were all linked to the drug ring.