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Bronx Man Arrested For Selling Heroin Near Wantagh Schools

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Jason Cruz (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

Jason Cruz (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

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WANTAGH, NY (WCBS 880) - Over the past few years, heroin has become a major problem on Long Island, where police tell WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that many teenagers have become addicted to the drug.

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Now, authorities have arrested Jason Cruz of the Bronx and charged him with selling heroin at Wantagh Beverage on Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh.

The store is located near both the Wantagh Middle School and Wantagh High School.

Cruz was arrested for criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd degree and criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds.

“Students were seen going in and out of this place on a regular basis. Whether or not they were buying is not something that we determined during this particular investigation. We had an undercover going in and doing buys and that’s what the basis of the charge [is],” Suffolk County police Lt. William Burke said.

Also arrested was Jeffrey Marmolejos, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree.

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