Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Wednesday that three men from Harlem and six East End heroin dealers, including four from Riverhead, face criminal charges following an East End Drug Task Force investigation into the buying and selling of what Mr. Spota said was an especially potent type of heroin, marketed on the streets with a red lettered stamp “Hollywood” on each dose.
Investigators found evidence that this particular heroin was discovered throughout the East End, including Sag Harbor.
“This heroin distribution network is based in New York city, where the alleged local East End dealers would travel to buy the heroin from three Harlem men and return to the East End with sleeves of heroin, each containing 100 individual doses packaged for immediate sale to users,” Mr. Spota explained at a press conference Wednesday.
“The East End Drug Task Force undercover detectives made some purchases and witnessed others in parking lots of retail establishments along Route 58 in Riverhead,” he continued. “Using confidential informants, the task force undercover officers, and ultimately, wiretaps, sufficient evidence was gathered to arrest and indict the defendants.”
Leroy Langhorne, 42, of Riverside, Leon Langhorne, 38, of Riverhead, Joseph Thomas, 41, of Mastic, Robert Baker, 46, of Riverhead, Jerome Trent, 58, of Riverhead and Farrow Sims, 42, of Calverton face multiple drug related felony charges in connection to the case and are alleged to have sold the “Hollywood” heroin in parking lots along County Road 58 in Riverhead.
According to Mr. Spota, the drug was purchased from three men from East Harlem who already have multiple drug-related felony and misdemeanor convictions. Jose Calvente, 65, Jose Morales, 75 and Carlos Ramos, 52 are being charged in the investigation.
According to the district attorney, the heroin in question was a premium brand, commanding a price tag 50 to 100 percent higher than other street heroin.
DA Spota said the investigation found evidence of “Hollywood” stamped heroin use in Sag Harbor, Greenport, Southampton, Southampton Village, Quogue, Miller Place, Rocky Point and Ronkonkoma.