Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has announced the arrest of nine alleged heroin dealers. Three men from Harlem, and six local dealers, five of which are Riverhead residents face criminal charges following an East End Drug Task Force investigation of the buying and selling of an especially potent heroin, marketed on the streets with a red lettered stamp “Hollywood” on each dose.
“This Heroin distribution network is based in New York city, where the alleged local east end dealers would travel to buy the heroin from three Harlem men and return to the east end with sleeves of heroin, each containing one hundred individual doses packaged for immediate sale to users,” DA Spota explained.
The East End Drug Task Force undercover detectives made some purchases and witnessed others in parking lots of retail establishments along Route 58 in Riverhead. The use of confidential informants, undercover officers, and ultimately wiretaps, led to the arrest and indictment of the defendants.
The investigation, which has been ongoing for roughly the past year, found evidence of “Hollywood” –stamped heroin use in Southampton, Southampton Village, Quogue, Sag Harbor, Greenport, Miller Place, Rocky Point and Ronkonkoma.