Brown: Drug Operation Turned Long Island Expressway Into ‘Heroin Highway’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 120 men and women from Long Island have been arrested on drug charges, as police have targeted those shuttling between the suburbs and New York City to buy cheaper heroin to mix with prescription painkillers to snort, prosecutors said Friday.

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Detectives arrested a dozen suspected drug dealers running an operation mostly out of Ridgewood and Bushwick, on the Brooklyn-Queens border, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Friday.

Officials said the alleged dealers catered to customers –mostly ages 20 to 25 — from Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Brown said the alleged customers would call the dealers and then hop onto the Long Island Expressway to buy $400 worth of heroin — which would’ve cost up to $1,500 on Long Island.

The ring “catered almost exclusively to drug buyers from the eastern end of Long Island, virtually turning the Long Island Expressway into the ‘Heroin Highway’,” Brown said.

New York Police Department Inspector Michael Bryan said the drugs were believed to have come from South America, and the users would buy a so-called “sleeve” of heroin which is about 100 packets. He said the cheaper prices spread by word-of-mouth through the small towns.

In total, 121 suspected users were arrested during the past year. Many have been arraigned on drug charges and will go through drug treatment programs.

The suspected dealers were charged with drug dealing and other crimes.

  • mark

    It’s a proven fact that legalization of pot reduces demand for hard drugs. Our system promotes the business in hard drugs, and now the main suppliers of hard drugs are the pharmaceutical companies, ie; oxycontin, percocet, vicodin, along with the cartels that keep the cocaine coming. In Holland, drug addiction has been reduced thru legalization of marajuana by 85%, or something like that. People will get high, it’s about time we accepted that fact

  • David Lafleche

    People are just going to have to quit using drugs. That stuff is a sin anyway.

  • Nick

    Easy solution:

    Spike the drugs. Kill off the demand. And there’s no supply problem anymore.

    Simple economics.

  • ruby

    I wish something could be done in New Jersey. It’s not “The Garden State” more like The Heroine State. I also agree with gaga.

  • gaga

    Interestingly, no list of names or images of the “good families, seemingly having it all” Yet, the bad families by default do get to have their 15minutes of defamation.

  • kendra

    we already know the u.s is already in on it cause that should never happen at all in the u.s. is not in on it gettin a cut out of the deal …

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