Heroin Supplier Busted


Two Brooklyn women were arrested this week for selling heroin in Glen Cove, according to police.

On Tuesday, June 28, the Glen Cove Police, along with Nassau Narcotics, ATF and Suffolk Police, arrested a major heroin dealer who was supplying heroin to Glen Cove and the surrounding area. Police said the defendant was arrested in Brooklyn after an extensive investigation which was originated after the Glen Cove Crime Prevention Unit discovered that the dealer was supplying large amounts of heroin to Glen Cove and the surrounding areas.

Damaris Lee Santana

“This arrest resulted after an intensive investigation which was originated by the Glen Cove Crime Prevention Unit,” said Glen Cove Det. Lieutenant John Nagle. “This particular dealer was bringing out this deadly drug to our community and the entire North Shore area. The joint efforts of the Glen Cove Police, the Nassau County Police Narcotics Unit, ATF and Suffolk Police Department, resulted in this arrest which will reduce the amount of this poison entering our communities.”

The dealer, along with another co-defendant, was arrested by the combined task force after the vehicle they were driving in was pulled over on Decatur Street in Brooklyn. At the time of her arrest the defendant possessed 598 bags of heroin, and approximately $3,900 in cash. The defendant’s 12-year-old sibling was also in the vehicle at the time of her arrest.

Heroin_071316C“I am thoroughly and totally disgusted with the people who choose to deal this deadly drug to our youth. It’s causing tremendous damage to families throughout the country,” said Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton. “I promise as chief of police to do everything within our power to root out the dealers wherever they may be that bring heroin and other illegal substances to our community.”

The suspected dealer, Damaris Lee Santana, 22, of Brooklyn was charged with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Jessica Cales, 35, of Brooklyn was charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Both defendants were arraigned in First District Court on Wednesday, June 29. Santana was held on $150,000 cash bail and Cales was held on $100,000 cash bail.

Jessica L. Cales

“This is a critical arrest and I am thankful for the outstanding collaboration among law and drug enforcement officers   from Glen Cove,  Nassau and Suffolk Counties to aggressively pursue heroin drug dealers,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello. “For the safety of our community and its young people, the efforts to stop drug trafficking is a priority for our police department and it’s a critical one as each arrest can save the lives of many.”

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