Four East Meadow Residents Busted in Heroin Sting

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

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said 96 heroin users, including four from East Meadow and four from Massapequa, were arrested in an investigation called “operation heroin highway”, according to a report on Newsday.

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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R January 16, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Do we know the names of the 4 individuals arrested from East Meadow.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
@Bob — Please refrain from using inappropriate language in the comments section of Patch. Thank you.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
@R — Police did not release the names of those arrested from East Meadow.
Bill Alderman January 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
It says that 96 USERS were arrested, Wouldn't it have been better to arrest the dealers, suppliers, etc? And wouldn't it be better if the locations became public (random example for illustration purposes ONLY- Like the "Commack Park n ride" ) for the safety of the public?
paul January 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Some of these people can and will be our neighbors or friends. Sometimes it is better not to embarrass the families by what someone in their family has done. Even though I am sure it will be revealed it is not always necessary to drag their possible innocent families into the situation.
P.M. January 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I agree with Bill and disagree with Paul... We should be aware if there is any kind of dealing and wheeling going on around us...it will make us MORE aware of surroundings and pay more close attention if there are "guests" in the area that should not B there... If these people are our neighbors or friends then WE should not hold against them or makethem feel embrasses what some other member may have done. We should be a good neighbor or a good friend and jus show support or just if we do not want to that and normally just say hello & goodbye relationship..just continue doing that...BUT as a East Meadow Resident ..everyone should know what is going on.... Or if no names are disclose...a picture of some store or landmark should be shown ..at least tha way we know and neighbors and friends can just have an idea of the area .and as responsible innocent families can address the info with family members...
paul January 17, 2012 at 02:20 PM
To P.M.: I did say "Even though I am sure it will be revealed it is not always necessary to drag their possible innocent families into the situation". If you really want to know where many of local drug deals are conducted, they happen in many of the places we all walk by and shop. You would be shocked if you actually know about the pot - heroin dealing going on from car to car in parking lots, areas in the rear of stores that are closed, meeting places like 7-11 that are open 24 hours a day, 24 hour gas stations. Unless you know what a hand to hand deal looks like, to many it only look like a hand shake if you walked by. It happens everywhere.....
Jenn January 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Yes - the dealers and suppliers need to be arrested as well, but may I remind you that it's usually the users that break into our homes, steal our purses and wallets and bring a gun to a pharmacy. The dealers have a supply, they don't need to jack someone up for a fix. So the users need to be picked up too.
paul January 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
To Jenn: You are absolutely correct 100 percent.... and I think to many people watch hollywood television and get their ideas from that.....
Bill Alderman January 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
If you cut the supply of heroin then you make the users go someplace other than our neighborhoods to conduct their illegal activities. Maybe if the current DAs in unison were to go easier and agreed to rehab instead of jail time, on users that get turned in by family members or by themselves, then some good families might be saved. The truth is that we need MORE officers, not less....(Hear that Mr Mangano?)patrolling the lots and locations where dealing is rampant.
paul January 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
There has been an increase of heroine deals for many reasons... They do make deals with drug buyers and dealers. It happens all the time. That is not a new concept. It is a cat and mouse game. Not as easy as you think. It takes time to build a solid case against the defendants. Can take weeks or even months of observations and buys by undercover officers etc......
Bill Alderman January 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I know of a family in suffolk county, whose college son was addicted and could not afford rehab. His dad ,turned him in for his own good , as a user and he wound up with jail time and a record, even though he co-operated with authorities . His parole officer got him into rehab a bit later, so he would not relapse. Now his life is ruined and his dad is full of regrets.
paul January 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
In the story above you tell of someone's son. It can be anybodies child. The father DID DO the right thing. 100 percent.... His son got a record, jail time and rehab. It sounds like he got what he needed. Where is the problem? As far as the fathers regrets, in reality he is really regretting his sons failures in life feeling he failed as a dad. The dad should have no regrets. Its called tuff love. A parent might not like it but they need to accept it. The dad did the right thing for the son that he loves.... His regrets will dissipate over time....
Jenn January 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I agree with Paul - Dad did the right thing. His life was ruined from his choice to do drugs, not from the aftermath. If this man is worth the second chance he was given, he will find a way to make something good of it. It happens more than you think, and although it might be hard at first, if this guy has the endurance and drive and desire - he can ride this storm out and turn it around in the end.
P.M. January 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM
HeY Paul, Yes I do know clearly what you posted...and please don't get me wrong .."possible innocent families"...yes maybe...12% of the time,,the rest of the 88% there has been some one in the "Family" that is very much aware of the situation...& has done not a thing about it!. r I do respect the 12% that may not know but,,...I only speak from 1st hand life story and learning of others when I went through it...... I am 100% on Tuff Love if I had not done that ..I wuld have two dead BFF's..whose Families had given up on them!!!! One is a high ranking offical with the Unites States Air Force & the other a socialite here on L.I. helping the 88%.... Believe me at the time it was not easy turning in and showing TUFF LOVE...to my BFF'S..and Bill sorry it did not work out for . I personally am always aware of my surroundings and look out for my nieghbors and kids ...but when ther is a will there always be away :( (drugs) Respectfully PM
Cookie April 13, 2013 at 06:03 PM
ok, then how come the crime report on this east meadow patch is not completely up to date? N. Jerusalem Road on the border line of East Meadow/N.Bellmore by the Dunkin Donuts is ridiculous lately. In the last year i have heard of all the houses that were broken into and car's that were broken into by these heroin and crack heads in the neighborhood - who live and possibly grew up in town. Just this past Tuesday - April 9th at around 6:30pm at night I found out that we could not get into our block because there were 7 maybe even 8 cop car's on N.Jerusalem and at some ladies house who is a known as a CRACK head and rents on our block. We heard that supposedly someone was held up at GUN POINT! I mean really? is this what things are coming down to in our neighborhood? I have to now worry about my 2 children that are 13 and 15 walking alone and get shot in the middle of East Meadow/N.Bellmore a nice middle class family area? Really? I have clearly noticed the change at the local 7/11, the NEW Barbershop that also buys GOLD? the BAR by the RoseKennedy School were ALL the crack heads and heroin attic's hangout at during the day and night. So this means i can't go out with my children and feel safe in my OWN neighborhood.
marianne krause April 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
@ cookie i think you must be on drugs i live in that area there are no people hanging around like you state, there may have been 1 incident that you talk about but that 7/11 is the safest one around so is the dunkin donuts. And Paul are those families you speak of friends of your because usually you don't care if they name names or tear families apart in these stories whats up with that just saying.....
Brent M. April 14, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I agree with cookie in that more crimes and situations happen in east meadow that should be reported so people are more aware of their surroundings.. patch should do a better job reporting..
marianne krause April 14, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Your absolutly right about the patch doing a better job of reporting but seriously crimes have to be commited and reported to the police first. That bar she is reffering to has just recently reopened and there is a pia parlor there a nail salon a chinese place a deli and a studio, i think she is mistaking the kids ffrom the Rosemary kennedy school for these "herion addicts and crackheads" the teachers at the school frequently take the kids to the deli and to 7/11 and they walk . I doubt the stores would stay there for as long as they have if this was the case.
marianne krause April 14, 2013 at 03:20 AM
pizza* parlor
Brent M. April 15, 2013 at 02:25 AM
@krause , I get what your saying.. but I also think situations that warrant a report made also need to be reported on here.. for example, 3 males seen in area , neighbor reports car was left unopened and money is missing.. its a non-index crime yes, but it also lets residents know - hey something has been going on in the area lets keep a watch out--- do you know what I mean?/
marianne krause April 15, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Yes Brent i do understand now be a big boy go back and reread what i wrote ..i agree with what she said about things being reported better on the patch, what i do not agree with is the statements she is making about these so called herion addicts and crackheads that are roaming around this part of EM. She sure has "heard" alot.....If things were as bad as she has "heard" they are those stories would definelty have made a headline somewhere eitheron fios one or channel 12 and possibly newsday don't you think? And agian if it is also true that she has a knwn crackhead living on her block just a throe back to oh well hmmm ncpd NOT doing their job just saying .......
Cookie April 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Well, now i see why everyone on this page thinks that your not a smart as you think yo are Marianne! Maybe you don't know what we all do for a living or the people of connections we have in the neighborhood. So yes you idiot there are crackheads and heroin addicts in our area of East Meadow and the drug transactions take place at the D&D and the 7/11 and at the BAR. You need to grow up lady. stop being so Angry and wise-up. Maybe one day you will be the one to cry wolf and no one will be there for you at ALL. When you ask your self oh why me? Maybe because you have a big mouth and don't think before you speak. Maybe you should investigate and ask around those area's that you have noticed certain things happening. You would be surprised what you learn from the vendors and store owners what they SEE all day.
marianne krause April 15, 2013 at 04:26 PM
cookie...lolololol im the one crying wolf ? read your posts ooh a drug addict lives on my block ,ooh so many herion addicts and crack heads, walking around what next cookie zombies? So you think im angry? so what! better then living in the fear you have created for yourself and your family, and as far as everyone on this page lol Paul and brent better known to all as the twins their opinions do not mean a darn to me.
marianne krause April 15, 2013 at 06:51 PM
tAlso cookie.... read what you wrote nothing but hate talk, talk about the kettle calling the pot black.. nice you throw words around like idiot maybe your the one who should grow up. Of course drugs are a problem, but the way you describe it the fear that is comming off of you in your posts only lets me know that you listen to whatever someone tells you and do not find things out for yourself. You depend on second hand information. I do know my neighborhood and am very aware of my surroundings probably more then you are I know the store owners one who has been there for more then 30 yrs you who do you know? I would love to know from you about your first hand info on these so called drug deals. Are you there to witness this?, and if you are what are you doing about it? Are you just assuming that anyone who does not fit your description of being acceptable is a drug dealer, crackhead or herion addict? Basically Cookie what i want to know is what is it that you actually know not what you have "heard" about?
Brent M. April 16, 2013 at 02:39 AM
@krause.. I understand. Just fyi.. I was just referring to your first sentence in your comment on the 13th at 11:20pm.. I wasnt referring to the whole paragraph. maybe there was some confusion.. sorry
marianne krause April 16, 2013 at 03:03 AM
brent don't reply to me or use my name as far as you are concerned you are a non entity a souless ghost


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