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41 Smithtown Residents Arrested In Heroin Ring Bust

Queens D.A. says ring turned the Long Island Expressway into the “heroin highway."

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said 96 heroin users, including 41 from Smithtown were arrested in an investigation called “Operation Heroin Highway”, according to a report on Newsday.

Twenty of the users involved were from Kings Park, 14 from Smithtown and seven were from Nesconset.

According to the report, drug purchases were made in city restaurants or in areas off highways such as the Long Island Expressway. The buyers in the drug deal were typically 20 to 25 years old.

 Insp. Michael Bryan of the NYPD is quoted in the article and characterized the users as people coming from "good families seemingly having it all."

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KP Pride for Life January 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM
On July 2, 1984, police in the upscale Long Island suburb of Northport received an anonymous phone tip. A voice said that there was a body in the Aztakea Woods. There, in a shallow grave, they found the remains of Gary Lauwers, 17, a local who had not come home since June 15. Despite the advanced decomposition of the corpse, which had been left unburied, the Suffolk county medical examiner could still find 32 knife wounds, in the face, back and neck. The murderer had gouged out his eyes.Police rapidly zeroed in on a suspect, Ricky Kasso, 17, a local troublemaker, well-known in the community for his use of LSD and angel dust. Kasso had been boasting about the killing since June 17, even taking friends to the site to admire his handiwork. Rumors started flying, and eventually, one of his gal pals decided it might be a good idea to let the authorities know. Police arrested Kasso four days later, along with a buddy, James Troiano, 18, in their car as they slept off an Independence Day drug party. Confessions came quickly. Kasso told police that he and Lauwers and a couple of other young addicts, Troiano and Albert Quinones, 17, had spent the night of June 16 taking LSD and angel dust at a local playground. They entered the woods in the middle of the night, where they lit a bonfire, then beat, kicked and stabbed Lauwers to death. READ THE STORY http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/justice-story-satan-runs-amok-i-a-teen-confesses-grisly-murder-article-1.983918?pgno=1
KP Pride for Life January 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM
HOW SOON WE ALL FORGET!!!
new guy January 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
HUH? i am familar with the story. i also read the book on it titled "say you love satan" just curious what does that have to do with wanting to know the names of 20 people(not kids) ages 20-25 that were arrested for heroin and live in K.P.?
Grndslam January 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Kings park, Smithtown, Nesconset & St James residents, Its time to take action in a positive way!! Today we all tend to focus on the negative and blame blame blame..Focusing on the negative will only generate more negative. The articles states the following: 100 Buyers ranging from 20-25 yrs old were arrested form our area... Users, did you hear that.. This individuals need help.. Most of these people coming from regular families like ours. instead of pointing fingers at the wrong doers wht dont we put out a hand for assistance and support! I can guarantee you the parents are in situations they never experienced before and are unsure where or who to turn for help!! Also by helping those that need it and can provide positive results everywhere.For example providge knowledge to the younger generation for drug prevention, provide knowledge for users to help with recovery, provide knowledge for parents or spouses with knowledge how to help with recovery and dealing with experience. We as human are a special race like no other and can come together to support those who need it when they are down.Let's get together and help those that need it... I am interested in forming a group or commitee to help these people. I starts with one, then two then three... We can do it!!
Grndslam January 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
KpNIbbler, Please accept that a comment like that only makes you part of the problem.. What a selfish comment about yor taxes or pointing fingers... What if it were your child, nephew, niece, husband or wife..then how would you react.. Take a moment and think what those families are going through... I ask to focus your energy on a positive and put your hand out for assistance... Use your power to start a positive movement that millions will follow!!
BB Queen January 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
First of all there is no need to raise taxes. Prevention is the key here and we can all work together toward this goal. No parent gives birth to a child and says "when she grows up she is going to be a drug addict". Instead of saying "not my child" we need to ask ourselves " why not my child?". Discipline and structure are very important in raising a chil but as we all know, life is a bit crazy for so many of us and we can't keep our kids locked up 24/7. KP school district has taken a pro-active position in this matter. They have been working hand in hand with our local anti-drug coalition, Kings Park in the kNOw to bring programs and informational seminars to our children AND parents to increase awareness of the problem and how to deal with it as it pertains to our youth. I used to feel just like you do and had the attitude of "screw the addicts they are ruining people's lives. No one abducted them and stuck a needle in their arm! When I experienced it first hand I felt nothing but anger. ive met with many families who have been ripped apart like ours. I met these addicts and you know what? They are all great kids. The dealers r also users. They deal to support their habit. Instead of condemning them, we must all stick together to combat this problem. Where there is a demand there will be a supply. Let's come together as a community and get rid of the demand! Kudos to Law enforcement for a great job done!
DKNY718 January 15, 2012 at 06:09 PM
you can save the next generation by not spoiling your kids, show an intrest in them, take them to church and bring some culture, tradition,and disciplin in there lives. If your not doing any of these things then maybey your just as guilty.
Maureen Ledden Rossi January 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
"From Grndslm - Its time to take action in a positive way!" I have excellent news for you, we are taking action! Kings Park in the kNOw started almost five years ago to educate the community about this scourge and other destructive decisions that affect our youth. We are now partnered with our school district, our Civic Association, our Chamber of Commerce, the local sports organizations and we garner from support from our entire community. We have spent the last few years creating and fulfilling a number of critical initiatives to address this opiate epdiemic. We work with local and state legislators on laws to help the addicted and protect our communities. We educate parents and students through a series of seminars conducted by the best and brightest minds in the addicition/prevention field in Suffolk County and we attend countless meetings with these experts. We work with families who are suffering and refer them to the proper treatment facilities and support networks. We shine a light on the importance of getting prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinets of our community and the critical nature of prevention for our youth so other families can be spared this nightmare. The good news – there are presently 24 coalitions like Kings Park in the know in our region – there is much work to be done but the good news is it’s getting done. If you know of possible drug dealing in the KP community call our Tip Hotline, 368-5533
new guy January 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
great advice....who are you directing it to? this thread started with wanting to know who was arrested. we are getting off track.
new guy January 15, 2012 at 06:42 PM
soory maureen, i was directing my comment to dkny718
KpNibbler January 15, 2012 at 07:27 PM
So your gonna blame me...LOL I have no problem being part of the solution, send one of these slime balls my way and I'll show them some harsh reality....These people caught were not children, they are adults.You're darn right I'm selfish...I don't want your adult children robbing my house or holding up the local drug store...It all starts at home and that's where the resolution lies... If people are too busy to watch after their children, why do they have them and then expect the community to raise them?? You're right no one is forcing them, but it starts when they raid you're drug cabinet or they see mommy or daddy popping pills to deal with the hard day they had.Maybe parent should make their adult children work and have responsibility, like paying rent so they don't have all the extra time and money to waist on drugs. I have several KP and Smithtown "kids" that have or had worked for me...These ARE the reasons they do these things as I've heard from their own mouths. They laugh at these anti-drug programs that they had in High School because they are out of touch, and they don't understand the real problems. The more you make things taboo, the more kids want to seek those things out...These people who were caught are just the tip of the iceberg. There are kids in High School and probably even Junior High getting into stuff..Unmonitored Social Media is a serious danger and enables kids to seek this stuff out...So good luck, and I pray I never find a kid robbing my house...
KpNibbler January 15, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I understand that this Kings Park in the know thing is trying to do a good thing and i applaud that...But what are these peoples qualifications in drug counseling and child psychology??? I fear people with no experience or training can compound the problem, and that tactics need to be adjusted. In the past programs like M.A.D.D., S.A.D.D., and D.A.R.E really had a small impact. In fact I remember many High School parties I went to while in KPHS, where everyone would wear their S.A.D.D. / D.A.R.E. tee shirts. We would laugh about how funny the fake accident was on the lawn of KPHS...Because stupidly we believed things like that would never happen to us.. Maybe you need to acquire the help of teens that have had problems or maybe even are still struggling... Lets state a fact, the average young person will say " It wont happen to me" or "I'll never get addicted"...You can tell them drugs are bad, but since when do people in this age group listen to adults...Heck I still get annoyed when my parents try to tell me what to do... Hugs,love, prayer and wishful thinking don't always work, and calling the police to report things is a waist of time because 99% of the time they do nothing or come too late...I still don't understand why cops never break up the group of 10 cars and 25 "kids" that regularly hang out in Key Food shopping center...I can say with certainty that bad things are happening...
kay January 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
for kpnibbler, the kids that hangout in keyfood parkinglot are the least of the worries, the cops do make their rounds over there but theres nothing to stop, its just a bunch of kids that have NOTHING to do because this town is filled with drugs and they are trying to stay away from it. i think that the young adults in kings park just need help, its not that they want to do it, its called an addiction, they just need help. they dont mean to do the things they do, they are just high on drugs and dont have any control of what they do once they get into that state of mind. heroin is a very addicting drug. you cant blame the parents, its not their fault. there is no parent that wants their children to do any sort of drug but its all peer pressure and once one drug doesnt work for them anymore they move on to the next, it really sickens me that people blame this on the parents. its not their fault and they try so hard to keep there children out of harms way but when theres a will theres a way theres only so much a parent can do. a lot of the town has realized that they are not invincable with the recent deaths of the many young adults in kings park. there is only so much that anyone can do, let the law get involved because if these people dont want to help themselves...they wont let anyone help them
BB Queen January 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
For kpnibler. KPITK is not comprised of experts in the field of psychology or drug counseling. Our job is to bring the experts to the table. We have created relationships with experts in the field of recovery and we have helped families get in touch with the experts that can help. Trying to navigate this web can seem impossible so we help. With the cooperation of school administration We have had experts come to the school to speak with kids and parents. Our goal is to prevent kids from making destructive decisions. Most destructive decisions involve the use of alcohol and other drugs.
new guy January 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
kimberly, for that i applaud and thank you.
Me January 17, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Kay - Are you serious? "the kids that hangout in keyfood parking lot are the least of the worries, the cops do make their rounds over there but theres nothing to stop, its just a bunch of kids that have NOTHING to do because this town is filled with drugs and they are trying to stay away from it." Have you never seen what happens behind Key Food or the side of Key Food? The kids are likely the buyers! The programs offered in the schools are laughable. Ask any kid. If they were any good why would 20 people be under arrest? Parenting is the key! Talk to you children. Listen to your children! Know where they are and who they are with! Set boundaries! Why are our teens out at 2:00/3:00 in the morning? Why does a kid fall off the back of a car after riding the back bumper and die at 2:00 in the morning? Why does a kid drive his unregisterted dirt bike into the side of a car and die? Where are the parents saying "no, thats a bad idea"??? Being a kid means being stupid. Any adult on this site knows what I mean. Wer've been there/done that. Your job is not to turn away and avoid the argument, it's to set standards of maturity and responsibility and say "NO" Protect your children. They are not your friend; they are your child. They are your most precious commodity! Pay attention!
Me January 17, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Stop waiting for the "experts in the field of psychology or drug counseling"!!! These are your children! This is your family! You are the expert!!! Youi're waitng for the cooperation of school administration. They're going to do the lease expensive alternative! Stop waiting for someone to counsel your kid. Do it yourself!!! Sitting back and waiting to blame someone else for failing to fix your problem is what is what got our country to where it currently is. Everybody .... go rush out to buy your Lotto tickets instead of getting a job!!!
KP10 January 18, 2012 at 05:18 AM
The most effective way to combat drug addiction in the community is rather simple, and doesn't require much effort by the community as a whole. Parents just need to PARENT. My parents are pretty old school. There was no staying out late, they knew all of my friends, they always asked where I was & called if I was late, I had to get a job at 16 & there was absolutely no drinking or drugs. If I broke the rules, I was grounded. If they didn't want me to go somewhere or do something, they sternly said NO, and I listened. I have an immense amount of love and respect for my parents because they raised me well- the way parents are supposed to. People need to stop making excuses. "I work late hours", "She doesn't talk to me", "He would never get into trouble." Just because you work late does not get you out of knowing your own child, make her talk to you, and how would you know if he doesn't get into trouble if you don't keep tabs on his life. If you suspect something, do something. If she won't talk, roll up her sleeves and look for track marks. Search their rooms, they'll hate you now but it could save their life. Talk to them, watch Intervention on A&E once a month together. Make Sunday Night "Family Dinner Night" to get conversations flowing. Go to a homeless shelter and volunteer to demonstrate what could happen if drugs take over your life. This drug problem can not be combated by the community, it has to happen in the home.
KpNibbler January 18, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Thanks Kimberly, I was just wondering...It's good to offer resources...
KpNibbler January 18, 2012 at 07:57 AM
The whole situation is really sad...sad for the people who get caught up in this junk, sad for the families it has or will rip apart, and sad that our community that now has a label. I'm not a parent, so I can only speak as a former KP kid who's parents weren't over protective, but did their best to teach me responsibility and consequence. I was no angel, but because my parents discussed these things with me like an adult and mutual respect was involved, when I ended up in "bad" situations, like those 80's after school movies, I knew how to make informed decisions...I think the age old problem of adults and kids not understanding each other is at play here...You can tell kids that something is bad or dangerous until you're blue in the face, but they are going to make their own decision...Peers need to talk with each other...Honestly this whole situation annoys the heck out of me...I have managed a few of the local young adults from KP and Smithtown and have heard some if their uncensored stories and they are scary...Trust me when I say those hanging out in Keyfood parking lot are up to no good...I have actually made several anonymous calls to law enforcement and nothing was ever done...Cops are still hanging out behind TJMAX or the Library....They don't do squat...They don't care...They have a cushy beat, and having to actually do something would interrupt their nap...Whatever the solution or solutions are, something needs to be done quickly before bad things happen...
KpNibbler January 18, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Kay, Seriously those kids that hang out in Keyfoods are not hiding from drugs.Yes parents are not Superheros, but they along with the child doing wrong must hold some accountability. The help that teens need is how to focus on reality. I think when people become parents, they forget their teenage years...I was a KP teen, many of times in those years I had some bad drugs pushed in my face by peers.My parents gave me the tools to make an informed decision.they didn't say lame things like "just say no" and "only losers do drugs"..They told me truths.Truths about their experiences, truths that some things that are destructive can make you feel good in the moment and the truth of the reality that if I was going to get involved in that they wouldn't protect me from the consequences that I could face...When I was of working age, I had to get a job..When I turned 18, and if I was not going away to school, I had to pay rent.They gave me responsibility.When my friends were blowing their allowance on 8 balls and tons of weed, I was working and saving for my first car...Did I screw up once and a while, heck yes!!! But it was always followed by an "Oh Schmit, I'm an idiot" moment....These people are not innocent children...We live in a global community and like it or not kids grow up faster than ever...When you enter your mid to late teens you know right from wrong, it's just that teens will always feel invincible... Recent events will make them think twice, but kids forget quickly...
Tullamore Dew January 21, 2012 at 01:19 AM
They are not releasing the names yet because they are using them as assets to get more Intel on other drug/illegal activity…. Also….to Testify against the dealers. I will bet all those arrested will give anyone/anything up just so they do not have to serve a day in jail.
new guy January 21, 2012 at 04:16 AM
That's what I thought also. I posted that in a previous post.
kpraised34 January 23, 2012 at 01:20 AM
To all you who have absolutely no idea to what or where or who is causing the problem, then stop pointing fingers at people like the kids at Keyfood. Me being a child raised well in this stuck up town of gossipers knows that the young kids in Keyfood ARE the least of the problems! Do I think the cops do a good enough job? Yes they can only act on the information that they know. Not every child was raised behind a white picket fence in a perfectly "NIT" family as someone said, like you want to believe. I think that the people on here that havent been addicted or in a family suffering the pain of an addict should shut your mouth if you have nothing but horrible things to say about something you have no idea about. No one would wish the pain that this causes on anyone and KPNibbler ur uneducated responses quite frankly are not only selfish, but ugly and not going to help you at all.
kpraised34 January 23, 2012 at 01:22 AM
and to the parents and KPITK thank you for your efforts, keep up the good work!
KpNibbler January 23, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Don't worry, I don't need help...I plan on protecting the things I've worked hard for from any spoiled addicts looking to score cash for their next fix..I grew up in this town as well, and believe me I know the ins and out...Sorry, but I have no sympathy for addicts, especially ones that have plenty of opportunity to do well and succeed.. I'm tired of listening to people call these addicts victims...Oh boo hoo, my life is so stressful and terrible, oh god I have to study for college.. I live at home with mommy and daddy, let me do nothing with my life and be an addict..let me blame the town that gives me nothing to do...Total and complete B.S...We all have tough times thrown at us in life, only the lazy and the weak resort to drugs...These aren't babies we are talking about, they are adults who should have learned along the way the reality of drugs...I have seen first hand what drugs do to people and the devastation it causes...It is self inflicted...You have to be completely inept not to know how dangerous drugs like heroine are...so if you chose to do it once, you are an idiot...plain and simple..If it was a simple matter of 2 or 3 people it would be a different story..This is an epidemic and a cancer in our town that needs to be wiped out before it spreads... Lets stop coddling these monster who are bringing this junk to our town...What ever happened to smokin' a bowl and downing a forty??? I'm sorry kpraised34, but you live in an altered state of reality...
kpraised34 January 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
You are absolutely right, it is their choice and it's a bad one. To stereotype them as lazy and weak is just another stupid comment though. For your information there were names released about drug addicts in our town who went through HS with straight A's played sports got accepted to great colleges, but were brought down by this disease. Im not asking for your sympathy I'm simply stating that your comments on addiction are false and hurtful to people who may be struggling with this. I will say your right the excuses for doing it is just wrong but thats what happens, addict dont hold themselves accountable unless they get sober.
chris meehan January 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
where were the SCPD.... giving out traffic tickets. There's no money for the county in actually fighting real crime!
chris meehan January 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM
where was SCPD on this bust? probably busy giving out traffic tickets. There's no revenue for the county in fighting real crime or solving murders in suffolk....
A Mom January 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
and now a former Smithtown Buiding Inspector, already accused for wrong doing, is charged with possession of 50 glassine packets of heroin. He is 62 years old, draws a pension, lives in a great house in Nesconset....and was only charged with a misdemeanor? What message does this send? Elminate the slap on the wrist for drug possession. They should all be felonies!

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