Cecilia DowdJun 13, 2016, 3:46 pmJun 13, 2016, 3:49 pm

$1M worth of heroin taken off streets; 7 charged in 2-state ring

Nassau DA: ‘That heroin was tested and it was found to be 3 times the purity we normally see, which makes it exceptionally deadly’

Share
Embed code of this video:

After an investigation spanning 4 months, Nassau County officials have announced the takedown of a heroin ring.

They say 7 people have been indicted in operation that worked in Nassau, Queens and Pittsburgh.

Nearly 3 1/2 kilos of heroin with a street value of about $1 million won't be hitting the streets, says Nassau County District Attorney Madeleine Singas.

“A kilogram of heroin can supply 25,000 individual use bags,” Singas said. “One kilo is 25,000 hits of heroin on our streets.”

The ring’s mastermind, prosecutors allege, is Victor McKeever, who operated out of Pittsburgh. Officials say the heroin was destined for Freeport and other locations.

“That heroin was tested and it was found to be three times the purity we normally see, which makes it exceptionally deadly,” Singas explained.

“Probably most troubling in this particular ring was the use of fentanyl as a cutting agent,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. “The large drum over there contains fentanyl, and that is really paramount to dealing poison.”

Officials say the stash house was located in Kew Gardens, and say the investigation at one point stretched all the way to California.

Donna Martin, 51, is the only defendant from Long Island.

McKeever pleaded not guilty to operating as a major trafficker, among other felony charges. If convicted on the top count- he face up to 25 years behind bars.

What's On Now & Next

Traffic

Weather

Oyster Bay, New York
Clear
67°F