Cecilia DowdMay 17, 2017, 6:41 pmMay 18, 2017, 4:08 pm

PD: Father, son among 3 Queens residents arrested in online drug ring

Officials say an overdose investigation led Nassau police to a website that sold fentanyl

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Nassau County police have arrested three Queens men, including a father and son, in connection with a drug ring run via an online business.

Officials say an overdose ultimately led police to fentanyl, $25,000 in cash, and more than two million glassine envelopes.

“We took a stamp from that overdose and we ran it through our criminal database. The stamp was called diesel. The diesel stamp was recovered at the scene of this overdose. Our analysts did a simple Google search and from the Google search, we found this stamp could be bought online,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder said.

Police arrested Hussein Kaafarani—who police say is in the country illegally—his son, Ali Kaafarini, and Mohamed Nehme after they discovered drugs were being sold under the guise of a legitimate online business.

All three defendants are expected to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead

During the investigation, officials purchased a box of glassine envelopes, then a second box which was advertised to hold coins.

Investigators were then allegedly offered the drugs which they then spent more than $20,000 dollars on.

“After our second box, the individual offered us a cut—If you're doing the heroin business, small spoons, to spoon heroin into envelopes—after our third buy, he offered ketamine, and the last several buys we purchased pure liquid fentanyl,” Ryder said.

According to the Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, the number of fatal fentanyl overdoses has surged in the last five years, resulting in 39 fatal overdoses in Nassau County.

“It's so powerful that it's used to tranquilize elephants, fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin and just a few specks or drops can kill an adult,” Singas said.

Earlier this week, a police officer in Ohio suffered from an accidental overdose after a drug arrest because there was fentanyl on his shirt after the arrest. That police officer did survive after being revived by another officer.

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