By Danny Schrafel
Two Northport men and one from Huntington Station were among 14 people arrested after the Suffolk and Bronx County DA’s offices broke up a heroin supply chain originating in the Bronx, authorities said Wednesday morning.
Dillon Noseda, 26, of Northport was a key player in the distribution network, district attorney Thomas Spota said at a press conference Wednesday after indictments that followed a six-week wiretap investigation of a ring authorities believe dates back to at least December 2013 were unsealed in court.
Also charged as lower-level dealers are Charles Hennings, 41, who lives in Huntington Station according to Suffolk County Police, and Daniel DeMaio, of Northport, who allegedly bought drugs from the ring and sold narcotics throughout western Suffolk County.
Authorities seized a half-dozen cars, heroin, crack, marijuana, a gun and tens of thousands of dollars in cash in search warrants leading up to the arrests, and Spota said Noseda was a “principal in this operation.”
“He was the major seller of heroin in the village of Northport and surrounding communities,” Spota said, describing Northport as a “center of the heroin storm that is overwhelming communities over there.”
Spota said that the ringleaders of the drug ring, brothers Winston and Uriel Rose, both of Deer Park, ran the drug ring under the cover of a phony catering and events company. Their “manager,” Deer Park’s Desiree Dietz, actually served as the “principal runner” of the drug ring. Spota said the Rose brothers bought about 20,000 bags of heroin and sold 325 to 500 bags a day, Spota said.
The company was a sham, Spota said, designed only to launder drug money and keep parole officers off the Rose brothers’ backs, Spota said.
They got those drugs from two men, Kenny Gonzalez of Bay Shore, and Robert Maldonado of the Bronx, the DA said. The brothers would leverage the dealers against each other to get the best prices, wiretaps cited by Spota revealed.
Bridget Brennan, Bronx County’s special narcotics prosecutor for New York City, said Maldonado in particular made at least eight trips to Deer Park since mid-April. His final shipment, of approximately 4,000 bags, was interrupted when he was arrested June 2 at his home, where he allegedly processed heroin for sale.
Collaboration between law-enforcement agencies, Spota said, is crucial to winning the war on heroin – an effort he characterized as an ongoing campaign of “chipping away” at a problem that Brennan said is exacerbated by a flood of cheap heroin from Mexican drug cartels.
“We’ve done that in this case with incredible success,” Spota said.