WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Officers from the Department of Public Safety and local police departments dismantled a ring of drug dealers that was selling heroin in multiple communities in northern Westchester this week, including Peekskill, Yorktown and Cortlandt.
Twelve suspects were arrested so far by a task force of county and local police following a four-month investigation into the distribution and sale of heroin in the northwestern part of the county. Additional arrests are expected.
“By collaborating and sharing resources, county and local police continue to have great success in protecting our communities from drug dealers,” County Executive Robert Astorino said in a statement.
Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said the joint probe began in response to increased heroin sales in the area.
“There have been over 10 heroin-related overdose deaths in northern Westchester and Putnam over the past year. As soon as we started receiving intelligence that there was a large spike in heroin sales in the Cortlandt area, we formed a task force with Peekskill, Yorktown and Buchanan police to immediately combat this problem and prevent additional loss of life," Longworth said. "The arrest of these suspects will significantly impact the flow of heroin in northern Westchester.”
All of the following suspects were charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, felonies:
Steven Santiago, 31, of Smith Street, Peekskill; Dwayne Mountain, 26, of 10th Street, Verplanck; Vicki Mountain, 55, of South Street, Peekskill; Walter Oglesby, 58, of Main Street, Peekskill; Colin Rice, 24, of Poe Court, Yorktown; Devin West, 25, of Indian Hill Road, Yorktown; Rod Bromberg, 21, of Country Place, Yorktown; Wanda Eastman, 49, and Chris Eastman, 49, both of Westbrook Drive, Cortlandt Manor; Jevon Ofield, 37, of North Water Street, Peekskill; Lonnie Scott, 42, of Highland Avenue, Peekskill and Nicole McGuire, 30, of Route 216, Stormville, N.Y.