The Rockland County District Attorney said the suspects sold heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone and other highly addictive pharmaceutical drugs within the county. The age of the 18 arrested range from 21 to 48.
Members of the Rockland County Drug Task Force made open-air undercover drug transactions over the last several months in Haverstraw, Clarkstown, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point and downtown areas in the villages of Spring Valley, Suffern and Haverstraw.
"This sweep is yet another step in our continuing campaign to stop illegal drug dealing and drug-based violence in Rockland County," said District Attorney Zugibe in a news release. "These 18 arrests underscore our commitment to continue to work to improve the quality of life for all of our residents."
The DA said all but two of the suspects had prior criminal records.
In one of the cases, the DA said Roberto Bueno, also known as "Cowboy," sold more than 200 grams of power cocaine and crack cocaine out of the Ligia Peluqueria Unisex Barber Shop on South Main Street in Spring Valley. Anthony Rodriquez is accused of working with Cowboy and is charged with distributing more than 100 grams of powder cocaine out of the same shop.
The drug sweep was prompted by residents' complaints about open-air drug deals happening in their neighborhoods.
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