By Danny Schrafel
Five people – including a Huntington Station resident and two Northport residents – are facing charges tied to what law enforcement officials have described as a year-and-a-half-long heroin-trafficking conspiracy.
Charles Hennings, 41, of Huntington Station; Daniel DeMaio, 24, and Dillon Noseda, 26, of Northport; Desiree Dietz, 23, of Deer Park and Robert Lopez Jr., 25, from Central Islip, were charged with conspiracy, a B felony.
Police said the five, since December 2013 until their arrest on June 6, were conspiring to commit “a felony related to drug sales.”
Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota, said the arrests “are in connection with an ongoing investigation by this office into heroin trafficking.”
Hennings is being held on $75,000 cash bail and $100,000 bond. His attorney, Glenn Obedin, did not return calls by press time Wednesday.
DeMaio is held on $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond. Noseda is held on $100,000 bail or $300,000 bond.
Noseda’s attorney, Ian Fitzgerald, said his client maintains his innocence.
“We haven’t seen any evidence against him,” Fitzgerald said. “When we do, we’ll see what happens.”
DeMaio’s attorney, Edward Palmero, did not return calls by press time Wednesday.
Based on the charges, Dietz appears to be the most deeply involved of the five; she is charged with conspiracy and three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, all B felonies. She is being held on $1 million bond and $500,000 cash bail on each of those counts, and faces additional misdemeanor drug charges, according to police.
Tilis did not return calls by press time Wednesday.
Lopez Jr. is being held on $500,000 bond and $250,000 cash bail. His attorney, Joseph Hansche, did not return calls by press time Wednesday.