Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday announcing the indictment of a Holtsville couple accused of supplying heroin stamped with the words “HIGH OCTANE” to Riverhead drug dealers, according to a press release.
Kelly Mullen, 29, and her husband, Aaron Smith, 57, are members of a Brooklyn-to-Suffolk heroin ring and were indicted last week on drug trafficking, conspiracy and other charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
“These defendants flooded Suffolk County with tens of thousands of bags of heroin they brought here from a Brooklyn dealer, Miguel Vicente, who would prepare kilos of the drug for street sales,” Mr. Spota said. “In fact, Vicente, to encourage repeat business and dealer loyalty, would regularly overfill the bags.”
Mr. Spota said Mr. Vicente, Ms. Mullen and Mr. Smith “don’t use heroin” and claimed their addiction “is to greed — a craving they satisfied by destroying the lives of other people.”
The couple is also accused of using their home as the main distribution point for heroin pickups by drug dealers from Riverhead, Holbrook, Oakdale, Islip, Central Islip, Ronkonkoma, and Shirley, officials said.
“As many as five dealers a day came to this house, where five to ten children live at any given time, to pick up their heroin,” Mr. Spota said. “When we arrived with a search warrant, there were bags of heroin scattered about, including heroin left next to the crib of Mullen and Smith’s daughter.”
Mr. Spota is expected to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. and display evidence seized from the couple, including “tens of thousands of packets of heroin bearing the stamp ‘HIGH OCTANE,’ five ounces of powder and crack cocaine, $37,000 in cash, a $40,000 wristwatch and other jewelry seized during the execution of court-authorized search warrants from the homes and cars of the suspects,” officials said.
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