Krista McNallyAug 8, 2018, 6:58 pmAug 9, 2018, 1:34 pm

PD: 5 arrested for smuggling drugs into Nassau County jail

Some of the contraband was delivered inside of letters, officials said


MINEOLA — Five people have been arrested for bringing illegal contraband into the Nassau County Correctional Center.

Heroin, K2, Suboxone, and marijuana were all seized from the Nassau County Correctional Center, according to officials. There has been a drug uptick in the last few years in the jail, but FiOS1 News was not given specific numbers.

Rick Whelan, the chief of the Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, said the "Operation United Front" targeted individuals bringing contraband into the jail. The joint law enforcement investigation began in the fall of 2017. It took several agencies working together to crack the cases. The Nassau County District Attorney's Office worked in conjunction with the Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Some of the drugs were disguised in stripes similar to a Listerine strip that would be tapped to a letter.

Thirty-eight-year-old Valerie Ritchwood from Roosevelt, 33-year-old Dominique Horne from Hempstead, 32-year-old Christopher Wright from the Nassau County Correctional Center, 40-year-old Natasha Hyslop from Hempstead, and 52-year-old Julius Eatman also from the Nassau County Correctional Center are all facing several charges. The charges for drugs of a misdemeanor weight on the street are bumped up to felony charges when smuggling it into a jail.

This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests are coming, officials said.

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