Mastic Heroin Dealer Charged With Fatal OD, DA Says

An alleged heroin dealer from Mastic was charged with causing the death of a victim that overdosed on drugs sold by the suspect three months ago, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Roxy Headley Jr.
Roxy Headley Jr.

A grand jury indicted Roxy Headley Jr., a reputed Bloods gang member, on a charge of manslaughter in the death of an overdose victim. Headley was one of 24 suspects previously arrested following a major drug bust authorities announced last month.

“We have direct evidence that Headley sold the heroin and fentanyl to the North Babylon man who fatally overdosed,” Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota said.

Prosecutors said Headley and his crew sold heroin mixed with up to 50 percent of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller—more than usual for drug dealers. They also allegedly sold packets of powdered fentanyl.

Authorities previously said the crew was responsible for up to 10 fatal overdoses and nine non-fatal ODs, but this is the first death for which Headley was charged.

Next to the victim’s body, investigators found a needle and an empty glassine bag bearing the stamp “Aleve,” which was a street name for the heroin sold by Headley, authorities said.

Headley, who has a prior felony conviction for dealing drugs, will be arraigned Wednesday on the new charge. He faces up to 25 years to life in state prison if convicted of operating as a major drug trafficker.

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