News Release
March 03, 2009
Erin Mulvey
Public Information Officer
212 337-2906

Operation Smack-Down (Phase I) Takedown: Arrest of 95 Defendants, Seizure of 4,992 Decks of Heroin, 13 Vehicles, $30 k USC and Firearms

"DEA ASAC Joseph Evans addresses questions at Operation Smackdown Press Conference"
"DEA ASAC Joseph Evans addresses questions at Operation Smackdown Press Conference"

MAR 03 -- LONG ISLAND, NY - JOHN P. GILBRIDE, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division (“DEA”), KATHLEEN RICE, Nassau County District Attorney and LAWRENCE MULVEY, Commissioner of Nassau County Police Department announced the arrest of 95 heroin traffickers in the Long Island, New York area. This enforcement activity was the result Operation Smack-Down (Phase I), which is an ongoing joint DEA/Nassau County initiative targeting violent heroin traffickers operating in the Long Island area. Additionally, over 4,992 decks of heroin, numerous assets and firearms were also seized during the conduct of this operation.

DEA Special Agent in Charge John P. Gilbride stated, “This initiative not only targets heroin trafficking organizations operating on the streets of Long Island, but focuses on identifying the sources of supply in order to totally dismantle the organizations. By taking the heroin supply out of reach of our citizens and putting those responsible for distributing it in jail we are one step closer to heroin free communities.”

In October of 2008, the Long Island District Office and the Nassau County Police Department planned and developed a joint Heroin Trafficking Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to combat the growing heroin abuse problem on Long Island through increased law enforcement operations, as well as education programs designed to raise public awareness of the dangers of heroin abuse.

During the period of January 14 through February 17, 2009, DEA’s Long Island District Office, Group D-12 and the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) utilized a variety of investigative techniques, to include controlled undercover purchases of heroin, to fully identify and obtain evidence against several identified heroin trafficking organizations. This activity required round the clock efforts of law enforcement in order to fully identify the members of the drug trafficking organization, their sources of supply and their methods of operation.

As a result, a take-down operation was initiated on February 12, 2009 for the purpose of arresting the targets of investigation. During the next four days, numerous search and arrest warrants were executed by DEA and the NCPD, resulting in the arrest of 95 heroin traffickers, the seizure of 4,992 decks of heroin, as well as the seizure of 13 vehicles, approximately $30,000.00 U.S.C. and several firearms. All defendants are being prosecuted by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.