NEW YORK (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) – A Suffolk County heroin ring was busted Tuesday, netting 23 arrests and shutting down an $11 million operation, officials said.

During the course of a 16-month investigation, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said he believes the ring was responsible for bringing more than 1 million bags of heroin into Suffolk County.

“They sold poison and they sold heroin in bags stamped with ‘Sweet Death’, ‘Knee Bender’, ‘Starbucks’ and ‘Gotta Have It’,” said Spota. “The organization was selling approximately 15,000 bags of heroin a week.”

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall talks with Suffolk County DA Tom Spota

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera gets details on the bust from Spota.

Two suspected ring leaders are also accused of operating out of a stash house where the heroin was cut and packaged in Corona, Queens.

Spota said the accused were suspected of selling heroin in Suffolk County since 2006. If convicted, some of the defendants could get life in prison.

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