Long Island authorities have informed that 17 people are facing charges for their role in a cocaine and heroin trafficking network operating in Nassau County. Several of the suspects in the indictment appeared in court in Mineola on Tuesday morning and all pleaded not guilty. They are faced with a number of charges arising from alleged conspiracy for drug trafficking from May 2016 to last month.
The suspects, including individuals of Haitian origin, were identified as follows:
-Lyonel Beaubrun, 41, Rosedale
-Kervin Etienne, 36, West Hempstead
-Jean-Luc Theodore, 35, Valley Stream
-Jaksem Phileppe, 42, Far Rockaway
-Musheer Reid, 34, Brooklyn
-Emmanuel Lemite, 38, Rosedale
-Ebony Johnson, 36, Brooklyn
-John Beaubrun, 38, West Hempstead
-Naeemah Smith, 37, Rosedale
-Sandra Marseilles, 38, Rosedale
-Sully Botello, 33, Central Islip
-Ashley Cumbo, 27, Bellerose
Prosecutors revealed that the investigation used a large electronic listening operation to uncover the network, and that the conspiracy has connections to Maryland and Syracuse.
As a result of the search warrants on Tuesday, investigators seized about three and a half kilograms of cocaine, four ounces of heroin, about $ 115,000 in cash, two disfigured pistols, silver counters, kilograms, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and a Richard Mille watch. In total, approximately five and a half kilograms of cocaine and approximately $ 190,000 in cash were seized during the investigation.
The arrests are the result of a long-term investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
“Fourteen law enforcement agencies have been working with my office’s dedicated investigators on this massive collapse that has dismantled what we claim to be a multi-state drug trafficking company that has pumped large cocaine and deadly heroin in our communities and throughout the northeast, “said Madeline Singas, district prosecutor.
“Our federal, state and local partners have worked seamlessly to discover the new methods of smuggling used in this family business and to stop it before waves are ruined by the poison that these defendants have provided, added Madeline Singas.
Singas also said that Etienne, Beaubrun and another founded the distribution operation, which provided large quantities of cocaine and heroin to 14 members of their crew.