March 15, 2018
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
Long Island Man Charged With Possession With Intent To Distribute Over Two Kilograms Of Heroin
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A complaint was filed in federal court in Central Islip, New York, charging Juan Jimenez, also known as “Jason,” with possession with intent to distribute over two kilograms of heroin in Brentwood. Jiminez was arrested Wednesday night and ordered detained after his initial appearance this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown.
James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA), Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Suffolk County Sheriff, and Michael McGowan, Chief, Hempstead Village Police Department, announced the charges.
“DEA worldwide is working together to target opioid traffickers at all levels,” stated DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Hunt. “This investigation demonstrates our commitment to arrest dealers who push heroin onto our local streets and into the hands of users.”
“As alleged in the complaint, Jiminez was involved in the wholesale trafficking of heroin, contributing to the opioid plague that has caused great suffering on Long Island,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This arrest demonstrates this Office’s commitment to marshalling all available resources necessary to find and prosecute those who peddle these highly addictive narcotics in our communities.”
“This case highlights the importance of our investigators partnering with federal authorities to disrupt the international flow of heroin into the local illicit drug market,” stated Suffolk County Sheriff Toulon.
“Hempstead Police Department is proud to be part of a highly motivated and professional task force that has made a substantial impact on the war on drugs in our community,” stated Hempstead Village Police Department Chief McGowan.
According to court papers, the DEA Long Island District (LIDO) Task Force uncovered a wholesale heroin distribution ring involving Jimenez, involving plans to ship multiple kilograms of heroin from Colombia for distribution on Long Island. As part of those negotiations, Jimenez delivered 2.3 kilograms of Mexican “black tar” heroin.
The arrest was the result of a continuing long-term investigation by the DEA’s LIDO Task Force, consisting of agents and detectives from the DEA, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County Police Department and Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Hempstead Village Police Department.
The charge in the complaint is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted of the crime charged, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Burton T. Ryan, Jr., is in charge of the prosecution.
JUAN (also known as “Jason”)
North Babylon, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-MJ-225