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Cocaine traffickers used U.S. mail to ship illegal drugs from Puerto Rico to Long Island, authorities say

July 18, 2023
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Two Nassau residents and six people from Suffolk have been charged in a drug-trafficking ring that allegedly used the U.S. Postal Service to ship cocaine parcels from Puerto Rico to Long Island for eventual sale on the streets of Suffolk County, authorities said.

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney said in a statement on Tuesday that during the execution of “multiple” search warrants last month, law enforcement officers found a kilogram brick of cocaine “in a box beneath a child’s crib” inside the Westbury apartment of suspected ringleader Eleomar Perez-Serrano and co-conspirator Maria Nieves.

“These defendants allegedly used the United States Postal Service to ship numerous parcels containing cocaine from Puerto Rico to locations in both Suffolk County and Nassau County,” Tierney said in his statement.

The arrests were the result of a multiagency investigation that included the Suffolk County Police Narcotics Section, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, special agents from the U.S. Postal Service and the Narcotics Bureau at the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, officials said.

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