10 Busted in NYC-based Long Island Heroin Ring, DA Says

Suffolk County and federal authorities said they busted 10 suspects allegedly involved in a drug ring that trafficked heroin from New York City to eastern Long Island.

Investigators identified the accused ringleader as 28-year-old Robert Maldonado, who was arrested June 5 by Drug Enforcement Administration agents for allegedly running a heroin mill out of his Bronx home, authorities said.

“Over a period of six weeks in April and May of this year, Maldonado allegedly delivered over 20,000 ready-for-street sale bags of heroin, driving the deliveries himself” from the Bronx to the Deer Park home of an alleged dealer, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said.

While executing search warrants, investigators seized heroin, crack, cocaine, packaging materials, cash and weapons, authorities said.

The other nine suspects besides Maldonado and the alleged Deer Park dealer are from Bay Shore, Rocky Point, Northport, East Islip and Coram, authorities said.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at Suffolk County court.

The arrests come less than a month after another city-based heroin ring with LI ties was busted.