Updated: 2 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018
Baldwinite Sheron Davis allegedly supplied drugs, including heroin, to dealers as part of a narcotics distribution ring that was taken down on Nov. 5, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced on Nov. 8. Alleged dealers included a second Baldwin man, four Freeporters, a Rockville Centre resident and a Wantagh woman, prosecutors announced.
Davis, also known as “Money Ron,” allegedly supplied drugs to dealers linked to heroin overdoses on Long Island, including two fatal ones in Suffolk and one in Nassau. It was unclear where in Nassau the fatal overdose occurred. Dealers also sold cocaine, crack cocaine, opioid pills and other controlled substances, according to Sini.
“These defendants, like all drug dealers, were just out to make a profit with no regard for human life,” Sini said in a statement. “They poisoned our communities with every gram of narcotics they sold. It is clear that the world of drug dealing on Long Island is without borders, which is why the sharing of intelligence among the various law enforcement agencies, like the collaboration that made this investigation possible, is critical.”
Prosecutors said that the defendants, who also include five Hempstead residents and a Farmingdale man, made crack cocaine and counterfeit opioids that appeared to be professionally manufactured.
The ring also operated in parts of New York City, and changed the prices of narcotics depending on where they were sold, Sini said. Dealers, for example, allegedly charged more for drugs in Suffolk than in Queens.
A multi-agency investigation into the alleged drug trafficking, dubbed “Operation Moneygram,” began in October 2017 and focused on ringleader Davis, who is believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang.
Investigators recovered more than 425 grams of heroin, or 15,000 doses, during the probe, Sini said.
On Nov. 5, law enforcement officials searched homes in Baldwin, Freeport and Hempstead as part of the investigation, Sini said, which resulted in the seizure of drugs, drug paraphernalia, about $4,000 in cash, firearms and countersurveillance equipment.
A car allegedly belonging to Freeporter Cesar Julio Diaz Bautista had two secret compartments used for drug trafficking and was confiscated by investigators, according to Sini.
The Freeport Police Department also had a hand in the sting operation and helped arrest and charge Freeporters Calvin Honegan, also known as “.40 Caliber”; Tyrik Reese, a.k.a. “Freak”; Russell Neiderman; and Edward Marshall, 51, who was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Officials also arrested Rockville Centre resident David Ortiz, a.k.a. “Big Poppy”; Wantagh resident Katie Gallagher; and Baldwinite Jeremy McFarland, a.k.a. “Germ.”
Officials from the Suffolk D.A.’s office; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Nassau County Police Department and the Long Island Heroin Task Force took part in the investigation.
“Through the combined efforts of these investigative agencies, we will continue to remove these criminals from our communities, and I congratulate all on a job well done,” county Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said in a statement.
Nassau’s multi-pronged approach to fighting opioids, which started in Massapequa and has been used in other communities, involves arresting drug sellers while providing assistance to drug user