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3 Commack Residents Charged in Operation Heroin Highway

One-quarter of the 161 individuals arrested in a recent heroin bust live in the Town of Smithtown.

Three Commack residents were among the 41 Town of Smithtown residents arrested in a long-term heroin bust announced last week by Queens County District Attorney.

The bust, dubbed "Operation Heroin Highway," played out over the course of a year, originating in Queens and expanding into Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In all, officers seized more than 8,000 glassine envelopes of heroin, more than five kilograms of heroin, 2.7 kilograms of cocaine and five pistols, a shotgun and an assault rifle.

"The main defendants are accused of operating as a tightly knit ring that catered almost exclusively to drug buyers from the eastern end of Long Island, virtually turning the Long Island Expressway in the 'Heroin Highway', said Queens District Attorney, Richard Brown, in a statement.

"This bust shows an inordinate amount of young people from Smithtown but make no mistake it's ravaging families island-wide," said Maureen Rossi, president of Kings Park in the kNOw, an anti-drug coalition.

Rossi says her group. which works closely with local law and drug enforcement agencies, applauds the recent arrests and says the heroin problem has reached epidemic levels.

"Bottom line, we have a crisis on our hands," said Rossi. "Getting some of the heroin off the street is a big piece of the puzzle." However, Rossi says we must not forget about prevention and educating young people about the dangers of and addictive nature of opiates.

The Queens D.A.'s office has released some information of those from Commack who were arrested. Some of the names or cases are sealed and are cases that may have been adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, the individual defendants may have pleaded guilty to a violation or the defendants are enrolled in a drug treatment program.

  • Male, 22 - Case Sealed 
  • Male, 21 - Case Sealed
  • Male 20 - Case Sealed
John Gruber March 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
here's where your argument falls apart: there is no similarity between pedophiles and drug users, comparing them is about makes absolutely no sense and sounds quite stupid when you say it aloud (you don't accidentally molest a child, you might accidentally get hooked on drugs). these people DIDN'T kill anybody so I'm not sure why they're being grouped together with killers. further more, these people did nothing as far as you know that endangered the lives of others. had they driven and killed someone while on drugs yes, it be severely different. it's their choice what they put in their body (till they get addicted) as bad for you as it may be, and unless they somehow physically hurt someone else your argument doesn't hold up as to why they should be degraded on a public forum. they made choices about what they put in their body that didn't affect you or me or anybody else. just them
AstiGirl March 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I'm not talking about the users John - I'm talking about dealers which is what this operation was about. I didn't say that molesting a child was an accident - I said it was a mistake but still needs to be punished. What is stupid is to think that someone actually "accidentally" gets hooked on drugs. Are you kidding me? When you choose to use, you lose. I'm not looking for my arguments to hold up with you because your opinion does not matter to me at all. I'm not going to argue with a teenager or someone with the mentality of one. I am going to unsubscribe from updates to this article because I just don't have time for ignorance. I will just finish with one thought - if you have younger children or intend on being a parent one day, and you find out your kid is using, let's see how open minded you are then. Because if you don't think that these people are not affecting anyone else you are wrong. They are keeping the drug trade alive and well and eventually it will affect you in some way. Good Luck - you will need it.
John Gruber March 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
these people were arrested for buying not selling otherwise they wouldn't be in treatment programs and yet you wanted to know their names because they were "dealers" when instead it's just to gossip and who compares child molestation to drug use so I can't even determine your mentality. and if that was my kid up there I wouldn't want his name to be released because of a mistake but that doesnt mean he shouldnt face the consequences for his choices. You clearly DON"T know anyone affected by this when I in fact DO and where they are right now does not reflect that of a prior user so please continue being as ignorant ant naive as you have been. FYI look up the amount of people who self-medicate once and become addicted
John Gruber March 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
by the way, attacks like calling people "ignorant" and having a "teenage mentality" is a incredibly childish way of admitting you lost an argumet
John Gruber March 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
and if my kids were using I'd get them help, not plaster their name on a forum for all the bored mothers of the neighborhood to talk about


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