Six dealers, five from Riverhead, charged with pushing a deadly heroin that had users from across the East End traveling to Riverhead for the product, marked "Hollywood," were busted by the East End Drug Task Force, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Spota will hold a press conference on Wednesday at the Arthur M. Cromarty criminal court in Riverside to announce the arrests and indictments of six men from Suffolk County and three from Harlem charged with buying and selling a "potent and premium-priced" heroin stamped with the word “Hollywood”.
“Six alleged dealers, five from Riverhead and one from Mastic, were involved in a network that purchased the heroin in Harlem and sold it to users here in Suffolk County,” Spota said. “East End Drug Task Force undercover detectives learned that heroin bearing the 'Hollywood' stamp had reputation on the streets of being of the highest quality and heroin users would travel to Riverhead from Bridgehampton, Southampton, Southampton Village, Sag Harbor, Quogue, Greenport, and from as far west as Ronkonkoma and Miller Place, to buy it.”
The escalating heroin crisis on Long Island has led some to call the Long Island Expressway the "heroin highway," with drug traffic from New York to the East End leading to addiction, shattered lives, and death.