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DA: Dealers Sold 'Hollywood Heroin' in Shopping Center, Gas Station Parking Lots

Dealers target Suffolk County due to affluent communities, the district attorney says.

Six local drug dealers, including five called the "Riverhead crew," targeted the monied East End to sell their high-priced "Hollywood" heroin, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Spota held a press conference on Wednesday after the indictment of nine men, five from Riverhead, who were busted after an intensive investigation by the East End Drug Task Force.

The investigation revealed that the six men would travel to East Harlem to purchase the heroin, which they sold in Riverhead, primarily in parking lots of businesses along Route 58, including Walmart, Tanger Outlet, Home Depot, gas stations, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The heroin was also sold in the parking lot of McDonald's on Route 24, Spota said.

The heroin, sold in quantities of .03 of a gram in clear plastic packages, was stamped "Hollywood" heroin due to its potency and purity and the longer high users claimed it gave them; the heroin sold for 50 percent higher than usual, at $15 to $20 a bag, rather than the usual $9 to $10 a bag.

According to Spota, dealer would buy the sleeves of the premium heroin that each contained 100 individual packages for immediate sale; 2,000 bags were seized during the bust, as well as a rifle and cash.

"This is a very dangerous, dangerous business," Spota said.

The East End Drug Task Force undercover detectives used wiretaps and informants over an investigation that lasted more than a year, Spota said.

The escalating heroin crisis on Long Island has led some to call the Long Island Expressway the "heroin highway," with drug traffic from New York to the East End leading to addiction, shattered lives, and death.

The heroin crisis that is "crippling" Suffolk County has led to a surge in burglaries, robberies, and other crimes as desperate addicts seek funds to feed their habits, Spota said.

"No community is immune to the devastating consequences of heroin," Spota said.

Addicts, Spota said, would travel to Riverhead from Southampton, Southampton Village, Quogue, Sag Harbor, Westhampton, Greenport, Southold, Miller Place, Rocky Point and Ronkonkoma to buy the heroin.

The drug first detected on the North and South Forks in 2011, when overdoses first occurred; while none were fatal, one young woman, Spota said, admitted to overdosing twice because she was unaware of the deadly purity of the drug.

All of those arrested have long histories of dealing with drugs and "know no other life," Spota said; they spend time in jail and, once out on the street, begin dealing immediately.

Due to the lucrative nature of the business, Spota said it is likely new "crews" will begin dealing to fill the need — but he warned that they will not elude authorities.

"There is no Hollywood ending for this case. There is prison, or drug rehab. There is no glitz. No glamour."

Arrested were Jose Calvente, 64, of Harlem; he was charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second, a felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, six counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, five counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, and one count of conspiracy in the second degree, a felony.

Jose Morales, 76, of Harlem, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, a felony, one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, intent to sell, a felony, two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, and one count of conspiracy in the second degree, a felony.

Carlos Ramos, 52, of Harlem, was charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, a felony, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, and one count of conspiracy in the second degree, a felony.

Of the Riverhead "crew," Leroy Langhorne, 41, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, intent to sell, felony, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree,  one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a felony, one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Leon Langhorne, 38, of Riverhead, faces charges including one count e of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a felony, one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, intent to sell, a felony.

Jerome Trent, 58, of Riverhead, was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh, criminal used of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and conspiracy in the second degree, a felony.

Farrow Sims, 42, of Calverton, faces charges including one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a felony, two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Robert Baker 46, of Riverhead, as charged with two counts of conspiracy in the second degree, a felony, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, intent to sell, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a felony.

Joseph Thomas, 41, of Mastic, has been charged with conspiracy in the second degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, intent to sell, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a felony.


Barack February 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM
People who use drugs are always going to get high. That is why opiates should be legally administered like in other countries. It has been a success. Users will be under supervision, less likely to od, get treatment, know what is in the drugs, and not have to do desperate things in order to obtain drugs. This war on drugs is failing miserably. the article below this one is a man who robbed a pharmacy would he have had to do that if there was a safe place to legally use drugs? probably not. ive seen a gigantic spike in opiate usage. its the new thing. Its like coke in the 80s now is heroin. People are doing desperate things for drugs because the withdrawl is like having no food or water for days not to mention the worst sickness you could possibly imagine. The method used now a days is not working. All these problems are a direct result of prohibition. Why put non violent drug users in jail instead of treatment and waste money? why put billions of dollars in hands of drug cartels when we can use it for treatment? Why cant anyone chose what the want to put in there body? Everyone on this earth has a right to do what they want to do with there life so let them do it. Its the way life is darwinism. None of this would happen if these drugs were properly administered.
Rich February 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM
It's important to remember that addicts were not always addicts. They didn't start life as an addict. They became one. And just because someone does drugs, it does not mean they always will. Plenty of people have kicked drugs, and gone on to be productive, healthy people who contribute to society.
Eddy February 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM
What amazes me is how anyone would ever try a substance that is guaranteed to hook you and possibly kill you.
Eddy February 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Make that "probably" kill you
Archie Bunker February 21, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Rich - remember they made a choice
Janet Russell February 21, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Take a walk thru a cemetery look at the ages of these young kids that are dying of the disease called DRUGS, check out how many kids are being raised by other relatives than there parents. Because there parents are hooked on drugs and that is there main objective to get high, it should be taught in kindergarten that DRUGS KILL and the DRUG DEALERS should be brought to Justice by getting the same TREATMENT of those they sell the DRUGS too, give them a needle but make sure that they don't wake up from it, SO MANY LOST SO YOUNG SO SAD, More needs to be done with these DEALERS KARMA will get them every time. But for now they need to be stopped and putting them in jail it costs us the people that work all their lives to live or just barely exist, But when they rob,steal, hurt, rape and do all kinds of things for that FIX. Its disgusting. Pay it forward give those dealers the same chance that they are giving the kids they are selling this horror to, its a death sentence the first time they try the drugs So why not the chair or something that will put the dealers out of business or at least scare them enough to know that they are writing there own demise. Just Saying
highhatsize February 21, 2014 at 07:15 PM
"High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society" by Carl Hart (2013) The above book refutes a number of commonly held attitudes, one being that if one samples heroin one becomes addicted, the other being that ALL occasional users of heroin are addicts. It points out the many factors that cause addiction, the addictive potential of the drug being but one. He analogizes alcohol consumption and alcoholism and heroin use and heroin addiction. Addiction ruins lives and heroin is a dangerous and potent addictive drug but we certainly aren't going to control it by demonizing it and discouraging research into a REMEDY.
Barack February 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM
not many people truly experienced opiate withdrawl other than addicts, like many people who commented on this thread. Its not like you just stop doing drugs. on the east end of long island kids are prone because there is not much to do during free time. Users usually start taking painkillers then switch to heroin because they are harder to find and expensive. If you haven't experienced it then you have no right to judge.
Archie Bunker February 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Sorry Barack, I don't need to have been a junkie to say it was a stupid choice to make in the first place. I think we all know how the game ends when you mess with opioids. We were all kids once too...
Patchogue Snoop February 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Rich, Unfortunately a lot of kids start as addicts. Thanks to the mothers habit. Many experience it after a day in hospital on narcotic pain killers....that crazy itching when they cut you off. Only withdrawal is much worse with chronic users. Since we now have the POTUS on this thread....Mr Obama as children are dying in this country form Heroin literally danced over our border without fear of being caught by understaffed Customs.....why do you sue states like Arizona trying to protect themselves from this Mexican scum?? Why do you brag about your past drug use, is it cool to do so? Why don't you enforce the drug(marijuana) federal laws in states that have legalized it???? Why no suit against Colorado? Didn't you sue Arizona over the fact that they can supersede federal laws with state laws????? Isn't this identical?????? No that you are here I think you are a racist,lying pro muslim POS. Do yo still do drugs...a joint once in a while after a few beers and cigs in the Rose Garden?
Six Pack February 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Snoop, I LOVE everything but your first line. A lot of kids start off as addicts?? Please clarify that. If you want. If you have crazy itching after a day or two of paid meds in the hospital. I think that person would have been over medicated. I'm no doctor. But 5 surgeries in the last five years. Only thing that gets itchy is my face cause I can't properly shave. Love the Obama stuff. He's not my president
Earl February 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Kids on the east end start drugs because there is nothing else to do? Thanks for the laugh!!! Most pathetic excuse ever.
Barack February 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Archie Bunker.. you get perscribed opiates for getting teeth pulled out... everyone makes mistakes its normal for humans to do.. but i know that most if not all people addicted to opiates did not know they would end up how they are after they tried it.. you dont know what youre talking about archie
Archie Bunker February 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I got 4 wisdom teeth pulled and Percocet (oxycodone) prescribed. Once I was done healing and so fourth, I was done with the meds. I didn't make a Saturday night out of it weeks later. Knock it off with addicts are the victims BS.
Barack February 24, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Addicts are victim. You are just old, unwise, and ignorant to the situation going on. You cannot compare rightfully compare heroin to percocet. Withdrawl is a physical illness. Yes you are right about people being dumb about using the first time but no one is aware what they are getting themselves into. Heroin takes away the physical and emotional pain away from users but makes them mentally and physically addicted. Only 5 of 100 users actually stop. So before you write something make sure you know what youre saying.
Barack February 24, 2014 at 03:05 PM
The reason there are all these problems is because it is illegal. In portugal, switzerland and other places where they have accepted a different approach to opiate addiction they have seen a drastic decline in heroin related problems.
Archie Bunker February 24, 2014 at 03:17 PM
You sound intelligent. Make it legal and there won't be anymore problems. OK keep it up!
Barack February 24, 2014 at 03:42 PM
There still will be a problem. There will most likely always be a problem. The purpose for legalization is so it will be controlled. 92% of the riverhead jail inmates are there due to drug/Alcohol related offenses. Why not instead of funding them to be in jail fund them to be in treatment. The police will stop wasting time and money on drug bs and start catching thiefs, violent people, and pedofiles.as long as there is a demand there will be a supply. If there was a safe spot so users will be watched as they use drugs to prevent overdose, provide treatment, and stop users from abusing on the streets in plainview of children. the UK has started using this approach and they are seeing positive results
Archie Bunker February 24, 2014 at 03:46 PM
We are so polarized as a nation with legalizing marijuana which I consider safer than consuming alcohol. There are so many social stigmatisms. It's not even reasonable to expect heroin to be legalized.
Six Pack February 25, 2014 at 07:22 AM
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”
Salvatore A February 27, 2014 at 09:45 AM
A Confederacy of Dunces
Patchogue Snoop February 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Well we clearly have one jerk here that is not only ignorant but very insulting as well. What goes around comes around.
Patchogue Snoop February 28, 2014 at 09:58 AM
And this Archie creep is clearly a pot head. Get off the pipe jerk. maybe you will see things as they really are instead of your pot induced haze and stupor. In no way shape or form is pot safer than alcohol. Dope is for dopes like you. A beer or two with dinner as opposed to sucking on your pot pipe yeah right....it is safer. OK jerko, in you pea brain consider this....a kid goes to buy pot on the street from some POS pusher.....yeah safe right as opposed to buying a six pack in a legit store. In you tiny mind you need to see the entire picture. Get it dopey!
Patchogue Snoop February 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Good one Barack. Archie loves drugs!! Narcotics for a tooth ache, wow what a man!!! I had mine yanked with only Novocain. It was a piece of cake.
Patchogue Snoop February 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Barack, Yeah, liberal Europe on a downward spiral, just like Rome. Yo need to see that these countries give the drugs away to the poor human beings addicted to this junk. So yes, problems...ie crime to feed their habit is down. And lives are ruined. So sad. Anyone for a soy cake I am getting hungry!!!
Patchogue Snoop February 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Six pack.....look up crack babies.....
Six Pack February 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Snoop. I'm on your side with all of this. I just didn't understand the kids start off like that comment. Wasn't thinking newborns. But you are correct! Those mothers should never see their kids again.
Eddy February 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Re: pot v alcohol ... The statistics speak for themselves if you can take the time to really analyze them. I know several doctors that like the weed instead of drinking. I never ever heard of someone getting stoned and beating his wife although I know of a few who have after a six pack. And no kids should not be doing either. That's on the parents or lack of them.
Barack February 28, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Patchogue snoops you're a straight up retard. Ou country is on a downward spiral also. I could go on and on about why, but the topic were talking about is heroin. switzerland, portugal, uk, australlia, canada all places seeing positive results.. were not talking about whether its good or bad yes it is bad i don't think anyone in there right mind would say its positive but its a matter of containing the problem you're the type of old stubborn retard stunting the growth of mankind. keep your stupid comments to yourself patchogue snoop . why not stop crime by giving it to addicts to cut out the crime part? i feel almost as dumb as you reading your comments did you graduate high school?
Barack February 28, 2014 at 06:23 PM
patchogue snoop write stupid comments because no one will know his/her identity, quit talking shit about archie bunker with your insecure self. you just lucky this is all anonymous and write all your retarded bs crap, save it.

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