26 arrested in drug ring bust

October 10, 2008 11:16:19 AM PDT
A Sanitation Department police lieutenant was caught up in a multi-ethnic cocaine distribution ring that operated out of a meat market in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, police said Friday. Authorities say 31-year-old John Guarneri was one of 26 suspects arrested when law enforcement officials busted the drug ring.

Guarneri, a lieutenant in the Sanitation Department's internal police unit, is the nephew of Louis Eppolito, an ex-NYPD detective convicted for aiding the mafia in the high-profile "Mob Cops" case.

The suspects allegedly sold their cocaine, calling it "hot kielbasa," out of the Sikorski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. The "kielbasa" was 80 percent pure cocaine, according to a federal complaint.

The suspects used livery cabs, as well as reputed members of Polish and Dominican organized crime, to deliver the illegal drug shipments, prosecutors said.

One limousine driver, 44-year-old Rolando Vasquez, was also charged with using his car to deliver the drugs.

Guarneri has been with the Sanitation Department since 2000. He serves in the department's internal policing unit, enforcing sanitation codes.

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