DISTRICT ATTORNEY ZUGIBE: EIGHT ARRESTED FOR DEALING HEROIN, COCAINE, PRESCIPTION DRUGS FOLLOWING UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION

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Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced the filing of criminal charges against eight individuals for allegedly selling heroin, cocaine and highly-addictive prescription drugs at locations in Clarkstown, Orangetown and the Village of Suffern.

“The lesson to be learned from this investigation is that law enforcement will not go away,” said District Attorney Zugibe. “We will be relentless and we will be persistent. We are committed to eliminating drug trafficking in every Rockland County community.”

The defendants – who range in age from 17 to 33 – are accused of selling heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, Xanax, and Ecstasy to undercover police officers in numerous street-level drug deals during the past month. The individuals are charged in a 24-count sealed indictment with various counts of criminal sale or possession of a controlled substance and upon conviction face sentences ranging up to 25 years in prison.

According to the charges, a search warrant was executed at 29 Forest Avenue, Apartment 2, Pearl River, New York, the residence of Jonathan Shaw and and another party. Detectives seized more than 450 Xanax pills and over 40 grams of cocaine and marijuana from the other party at the address.

While executing an arrest warrant for Anthony Gonzalez at 35 Deerwood Drive, New City, New York, detectives uncovered more than 40 bags of heroin labeled “Vampire” and “Relapse.”

Drug Task Force detectives, along with the Town of Clarkstown Police Department Street Crime Unit, conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on MaryLou Lois and Zachary Rosenthal on Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. According to the charges, Lois was found to be in possession of over 45 bags of heroin marked “Transformers.”

It should be noted that an indictment is merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty,

This week’s arrests were part of a collaborative and coordinated response to open-air drug dealing complaints by local residents in Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Village of Suffern. The police department from all three municipalities were instrumental in the operation. The Drug Task Force, along with the Street Crime Units, Detective Bureaus and Uniform Patrol Officers, K-9 Units, Probation Officers, will continue to aggressively dismantle open-air drug dealers that fuel all other crimes that deteriorate our communities.

Said District Attorney Zugibe, “I commend the Drug Task Force, especially those detectives working undercover, for bringing to justice those who subject our neighbors to criminal harm.”

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