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Ex-NYPD Cop Gets Probation For Helping Drug Ring

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A retired New York City narcotics detective was sentenced to five years probation after admitting to her role in a large-scale heroin ring that operated in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn.

Karan Young, 50, of Laurelton, Queens, had pleaded guilty last month before Judge Robert Schwartz to a felony count of fourth-degree conspiracy.

Nassau County prosecutors had said Young was implicated during the investigation of a Hempstead-based heroin dealer in 2016. That dealer was supplied by Leigh Jackson, who authorities described as Young’s longtime romantic partner. Young assisted Jackson in his narcotics distribution business by collecting money for him, according to investigators.

During her plea, she admitted to providing Jackson with a mini-NYPD shield and PBA card to help him avoid detection by law enforcement while he transported narcotics, the district attorney said.

Young was one of 14 defendants rounded up as a result of the 15-month investigation dubbed Operation Tri-County Traffic. Authorities said the dealers sold more than 23,000 doses of heroin a week.

Jackson was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted operating as a major trafficker last year.

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