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Update: 3 From Port Jeff Area Charged in Operation Heroin Highway

Major drug bust nets

Of the 161 individuals arrested in last week's heroin bust, 3 were from Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station, according the the Queens District Attorney's office.

The bust, dubbed "Operation Heroin Highway" played out over the course of a year, originating in Queens and expanding into Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In all, officers seized more than 8,000 glassine envelopes of heroin, more than five kilograms of heroin, 2.7 kilograms of cocaine and five pistols, a shotgun and an assault rifle.

"The main defendants are accused of operating as a tightly knit ring that catered almost exclusively to drug buyers from the eastern end of Long Island, virtually turning the Long Island Expressway in the 'Heroin Highway'," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Phil Enright from Medford goes to local schools to talk to administrators about drug testing. He said both Port Jefferson and Comsewogue school districts take the drug problem very seriously and provide information and prevention programs whenever possible.

While the people arrested from Port Jefferson in this operation were all around the age of 40 years old, Enright said that drug problems can start in kids as young as 11. He thinks a Drug Czar in Nassau and Suffolk County may help address the problem.

"How about Bellone and Mangano appointing a regional Drug Czar to address the inefficiencies of the status quo and to focus on prevention, treatment, and recovery with some new fresh and bold solutions," he said.

The Queens D.A.'s office has released the names of those from Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station who were arrested. Some of the names or cases are sealed and are cases that may have been adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, the individual defendants may have pleaded guilty to a violation or the defendants are enrolled in a drug treatment program.

The following are the three individuals arrested in the heroin operation.

George Johnson, 41, Port Jefferson, was arrested on July 1, 2011, and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty on August 25, 2011, to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. A bench warrant has since been issued for his arrest.

Bruce Miller, 45, Port Jefferson, was arrested February 2, 2011, and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty on April 14, 2011, to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to five years’ probation.

Deborah Mojeda, 39, Port Jefferson, was arrested on October 21, 2011, and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The case is pending.

An earlier version of the article had listed four individuals but one looked to be a duplicate. We removed that listing and will verify if it was an error.

Chuck January 27, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Hey Lon, you need to brush up on your geography. None of those addresses are in Port Jefferson...all are PJ Station. And you listed one indivdual twice with different age.
BillLongisland January 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
You know Port Jefferson Station, where the Town and businesses from Port Jeff got together, to segregate the Crime, so it's doesn't filter down Broadway where the tourists and "respectable" citizens live ?
BillLongisland January 27, 2012 at 04:23 PM
PS It's also where the "respectable" citizens go to score their Illegal Drugs ! At least, the Police don't have to far out of a "corral" to get these misanthropes.
Lon Cohen January 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Thanks. The information came from the Queens DA office. I'll have to go in and compare the info.
BillLongisland January 30, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Well, that's a little unsettling but not that far fetched from the untouchable DA's Office ! Imagine the District Attorney's Office, and maybe the Police who provided the investigative work, not knowing the "right address" in their own jurisdiction ? What a waste of Tax Payer Money on detectives who don't know their own territory ! No wonder we are losing the alleged "War On Crime"...sounds like "Gilligan" is running the show !
jennifer sullivan March 08, 2012 at 07:41 PM
this is all very nice BUT its a KNOWN FACT that HEAVY drug sales, go on, on a Daily BASIS in Heatherwood apartments in PJS and the smaller complex right next to it. the smaller complex consists only of 20 apartments..but at night.on a weekend.cars are LINED up..1 person stays in the car, one goes in to 1 of 2 apartments. the whole transaction takes maybe 5 minutes then the next one goes in. SUPPOSEDLY the cops know "all about this" HELLLLLO !!!! AND???
jennifer sullivan March 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Hmm, maybe that why the BIGGER dealers cant gwt caught!
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al koholik November 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Deborah Mojeda its about time this rat her way out of arrests finally got charges pending, she sells heroin with her 18 yr old son, I personally have seen the two in action! Among that she shoplifted everything from candy to clothes you name it as she fills shopping carts full of merchandise walks right passed registers then brags what a drug dealing shoplifting rat, and always called everyone else a rat lol! Praise to great job tracing her cell to get her name for involvement in operation heroin highway!!!!!!!

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