5 males busted in connection to drug ring — together with NJ correction officer

Lengthy Island authorities Monday introduced the takedown of a multimillion-dollar bicoastal drug trafficking ring and the arrest of 5 males — together with a New Jersey correction officer.

“The magnitude of this drug distribution ring is big,” Suffolk County District Legal professional Timothy Sini stated in an announcement. “Not solely did this group proceed their illicit operation in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, in addition they exploited the restricted availability of sure narcotics in the course of the well being disaster to generate even larger earnings off their gross sales.”

Anthony Cyntje, 22, of Passaic, was arraigned Sunday on one depend every of felony possession of a managed substance and conspiracy and was launched with out bail. He works as a correction officer in Trenton, in response to officers.

Investigators executed search warrants at six areas on June 27 and seized 18 kilos of cocaine and heroin, $1.5 million in money, roughly 4,000 oxycodone tablets, 9 firearms and drug paraphernalia, in response to the Suffolk County DA.

The cocaine has a road worth of $1.6 million and the heroin $520,000, officers stated. Quite a few luxurious automobiles have been additionally seized.

Members of the ring obtained $2.1 million value of narcotics per week from the West Coast and transported them to Suffolk County through airplane, automotive and mail service service, authorities stated.

Brian Sullivan, 24, of Lake Grove, James Sosa, 25, of Wading River and Dawshawn Jones, 33, of Passaic, have been arraigned Sunday on prices of working as main drug traffickers, felony possession of a managed substance and conspiracy.

Sullivan was held on $7.5 million money bail, Sosa on $5 million money bail and Jones on $2.5 million money bail.

Anthony Leonardi, 46, of Coram, was arraigned on one depend of conspiracy and granted supervised launch.

The arrests have been a results of a long run investigation carried out by the DA’s workplace, Suffolk police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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