DA SINI & SCPD: 18 PEOPLE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY OPERATING A HEROIN & COCAINE DISTRIBUTION RING ACROSS WESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTY
Investigation Resulted in Seizure of 3.5 Kilograms of Narcotics, Seven Illegal Firearms and $83,000 Cash
DA Sini Announced Formation of New Special Narcotics Bureau to Target & Prosecute Major Drug Traffickers
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Suffolk County Police Department today announced the unsealing of a 22-count indictment against 18 individuals for allegedly operating a heroin and cocaine distribution ring across western Suffolk County.
“This is a unique case in that the entire network, including four major traffickers, were all operating within Suffolk County,” District Attorney Sini said. “This was a widespread network of major traffickers and street-level drug dealers, and with today’s indictment, we have disrupted that operation. We took dangerous drug dealers off the street who were selling dangerous drugs and in possession of dangerous weapons.”
“Due to the dedication and hard work of the members of the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, another narcotics distribution ring has been shut down,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “A case like this shows the callous nature of narcotics dealers considering one of the suspects preyed upon the addicted by having them test the narcotics before he would make an investment in large quantities. We will continue to collaborate with the District Attorney’s Office to halt the spread of narcotics which hurts the addicted and their families.”
In December 2018, the District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Police Department’s Telephone Records and Surveillance Section (TRASE), began an investigation into the alleged illegal trafficking of narcotics by the defendants in Suffolk County. The investigation was conducted using court-authorized eavesdropping, physical surveillance, and video surveillance.
The investigation revealed evidence that Daniel Ayala, 37, of Babylon, along with his co-conspirators, was allegedly responsible for the trafficking of significant quantities of narcotics into Suffolk County, including crack and powder cocaine and heroin. The alleged drug distribution ring operated across western Suffolk County, primarily in communities along the south shore, from Babylon to Mastic. Ayala and co-defendants Jason Brewton, 38, of Patchogue; Jose Guzman, 43, of Ronkonkoma; and Fennelly Olivares, 40, of Babylon, are all alleged major traffickers of narcotics.
Ayala is alleged to have employed two individuals suffering from heroin addiction to act as quality control testers for the narcotics he intended on purchasing, providing them with samples of the heroin before purchasing large quantities for distribution.
Ayala is also alleged to have operated a drug mill, located at 6 Plume Court in Bay Shore, where he and his associates would package the heroin and cocaine for resale.
Pursuant to the investigation, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at one location on June 11 and five locations on June 13. The search warrants resulted in the seizure of three and one-half kilograms of cocaine and heroin; seven illegal loaded firearms, three of which were defaced; a hydraulic kilo press; approximately $83,000 cash; and drug paraphernalia, including grinders, scales and packaging materials consistent with drug sales.
“When there are drug dealers, there are drugs and there are guns,” District Attorney Sini said. “This poses a threat not only to the general public, it poses a threat to law enforcement. Each time our detectives and police officers, especially the Police Department’s Emergency Service Section, kick down a door and execute a search warrant, they put their lives at risk.”
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
The defendants named in the indictment are:
Two additional codefendants will be arraigned at a later date.
The maximum sentence for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree is up to 20 years in prison. The maximum sentence for Conspiracy in the Second Degree is eight and one-third to 25 years in prison.
District Attorney Sini also announced that the District Attorney’s Office will be creating a new Special Narcotics Bureau to focus on long-term investigations to dismantle groups and individuals involved in large-scale trafficking of narcotics and who pose a major threat to the safety of Suffolk County residents. The Special Narcotics Bureau began as a dedicated unit within the Narcotics Bureau in July 2018. Since its inception, the unit has seized approximately 23 kilograms of narcotics and has secured indictments against 52 individuals.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kristin Barnes, of the Special Narcotics Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.