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DA: Port Jefferson Station Meat Farms Parking Lot Used in Heroin-Prostitution Ring

Port Jefferson Station motel also used for prostitution services.

The on Route 112 and one area motel in Port Jefferson Station were singled out by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota on Monday as he provided  that he said operated throughout several areas in Brookhaven Town including Coram and Medford.

Sandra Russell and Steven Mcdaniel, both of Coram, were identified as the ringleaders by Spota at a press conference Monday morning at Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead. Of those involved, Medford's Jahiteak Appling was identified as one of the runners.

Farmingville's Jennifer Licata was also identified as a runner, and Spota said she is separately charged with promoting prison contraband in the first degree and was found to have heroin in her possession while incarcerated in the Suffolk County jail.

"During the summer of 2011, the undercover police officers made quite a few undercover buys from Mcdaniel back last summer," Spota said. "And then in November Mcdaniel was arrested by another police agency for also selling heroin to them."

Spota said that the investigators found through a court order for wiretap surveillance that Mcdaniel had turned over the heroin and prostitution rings to Russell while he was incarcerated.

Russell was purchasing raw, uncut heroin from Taquan Rashad, of the Bronx, which Spota said was unusual for these types of deals. The cutting and packaging was either done at Russell's home or at Lee Appling's home also in Coram. The heroin was then turned over to the runners, which Licata and Appling were a part of, Spota said. 

The primary locations identified as where the heroin was sold included outside of the  in Port Jefferson Station, a Handy Pantry convenience store in Coram and a  in Farmingville, as well as several Centereach locations.

In addition to the heroin ring, Spota said that Russell was housing four prostitutes at a time.

"Most of the prostitutes ranged in age from 19 to 22, 23 years of age," Spota said. "And what she was doing in exchange for their prostitution services she was providing them with housing, clothing, food, cell phones, toiletries and what they needed absolutely the most is heroin, that's what she was paying them with for the most part."

One of the exhibits at the press conference was a record showing how much heroin a prostitute would get based on the amount of money they brought in. Spota said this started at $80, or 15 minutes or service, equaling two bags.

Spota said that all of the money and tips were turned over to Russell. Spota said the prostitutes worked out of the Comfort Inn, Gaslight Motor Inn and 112 Motel in Medford, and the American Motel in Port Jefferson Station.

Spota also said that Mcdaniel wrote a letter to Russell outlining ways to keep the prostitutes under Russell's control.

The letter, which was exhibited at the press conference, included rules such as to never trust for any of them and to "make sure you own their mind's, body's, and soul's."

In terms of cash made from this operation, Spota said that around $20,000 in profit would be made by Russell from 50 grams of heroin. On display at the press conference was around $130,000, of which $8,000 was kept in her home and the rest in safe deposit boxes. Other items found included various jewelery, Rolex watches, cell phones and an iPad.

Of the suspects, only Licata was scheduled for arraignment on Monday. The rest will be scheduled on various dates, Spota said.

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sue August 13, 2012 at 09:43 PM
GREAT JOB, THANK YOU FOR KEEPING OUR AREA SAFE... PLEASE COME TO NORTH ISLE VILLAGE 50 GIBBS ROAD, CORAM 11727 NY. WE HAVE THE SAME THING GOING HERE. MANAGEMENT AND THE BOARD REFUSE TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM.. THEY ALLOW PEOPLE TO RENT WITHOUT A BACKROUND CHECK.. HOMEOWNERS ARE TRULY DISGUSTED AND CAN'T GET HELP FROM ANYONE.... IN THE PAST 2 YRS THE POLICE HAVE BEEN TO 16 REDWOOD CT. APT 28 TIMES, THEY ARE ALSO DISGUSTED... WE CAN'T SEEM TO GET ANY HELP FROM ANYWHERE OR ANYONE...
crookhaven August 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM
awesome!
micki August 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
looks like meat farms will be off one of my places to shop...
Joe smith August 14, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Hopefully in November we can all vote to pull these people off of the govt tit. (should be quite a loud popping sound so cover your ears!) All these problems are caused and fought against by govt knee jerkoffs.
sue August 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM
THE CO-OP OF NORTH ISLE VILLAGE, THE MANAGEMENT AND BOARD KNOWS THAT ALL OF THE SAME THINGS ARE GOING ON AND ARE DOING NOTHING TO PUT AN END TO THIS... THE HOME OWNERS CAN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY OF THEIR PROBLEMS, COMPLAINTS ADDRESSED... PLEASE HELP US CLEAN UP THIS CO-OP, BACK TO WHERE IS WAS IN THE PAST... THANK YOU FOR YOUE AMAZING WORK SARA SU JEAN
Dennis August 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Your articles "single out" Meat Farms, but there is no mention of how they were involved; was it management or an employee unbeknownst to management. I like that place and would be very disappointed if they were being smeared unfairly.
Americanivory August 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
and let me guess... the managers or owners of these establishments - Meat Farms, k-mart, Handy Pantry, Comfort Inn, Gaslight Motor Inn, 112 Motel in Medford, and the American Motel - not one of them knew what was going on in or around their store? Shame on them - these things don't go on day after day unnoticed by managers and/or employees. It's their job to keep employees and customers safe - they should have been calling the police daily or hourly if need be! PJS/Terryville is becoming a ghetto just like Brentwood and Central Islip and nothing is being done about this. We need to clean up the illegals that hang around, and the drunks, homeless and drug addicts. Father Frank and his Pax Christi was the beginning of all this - get rid of him!
Bryan Rivera August 14, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Sue, there's a Staples over by Meat Farms, they sell keyboards. I think you need a new one because your caps lock key is broken. This was way too close to my house for me to feel good about it being busted. I'm not a praying man, but Batman, if you're out there, this town needs an enema.
Mike Balsamo August 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Dennis, I would hardly say that Meat Farms was "singled out", other than being identified by the District Attorney as a primary location where Heroin was sold. I would say that would be newsworthy. That said, I reached out to Meat Farms to get their side of the story, but they have refused to comment.
Dennis August 14, 2012 at 03:44 PM
For some reason there is no reply button on Mike Balsamo reply to my post so.... "Singled out" were not my words, they were in the article; thus the quotation marks. However, I agree with you totally. My point was disappoval with Spota, once again putting out a story without all of the facts which allows people to jump to what may be inaccurate conclusions.
Jaime August 14, 2012 at 03:48 PM
This stuff happens cause nobody does anything. People think oh its nothing. Or sometimes we dont see it happening. But courts need witnesses. People need to step up. People are afraid too because of what could happen. But if the town keeps complaining than eventually the cops will have to step in as well.
William Hadley August 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Meat Farms should be OK now
William Hadley August 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM
It said it was sold outside that location,( which is right next to the NYS DMV) Guess we should avoid the Dept of Motor Vehicles as well.
John August 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Meat Farms has no involvement in any of the criminal activity that took place. it was going on in the parking lot of the shopping center.
John August 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
They should rewrite the article and specify that.
sue August 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Bryan ........................ My keyboard works fine.... i am so furious that this is going on in our own backyard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's all over the area... I use caps when i get so upset that this area was once was good and could still be..... if we see something and say something ..........I don't have a problem with that........... chow ...... p.s. don't sweat the small stuff or the caps betty su
Tony Balogn August 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Maybe they edited the page, but I don't see anywhere in the article that it says singled out at all. The first reference on the page was in fact in your post Dennis. "The primary locations identified as where the heroin was sold included outside of the Meat Farms in Port Jefferson Station, a Handy Pantry convenience store in Coram and a Kmart in Farmingville, as well as several Centereach locations."
Russ August 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
1st of all GREAT job by Suffolk DA's office, SCPD. & any other agency involved with this investigation & arrests. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NO plea deals. 2nd, I'd like to know what about the buyers from these" drug runners"? The amounts alledgedly sold had to be to many smaller dealers & users. Why weren't any of these low lifes also rounded up & arrested ? 3rd , With thousands of $$$ profited , why wouldn't these women arrested not invest in some cosmetics for themselves. MY GOD at least make an effort to not look like druggies.
Dawn August 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Herion is an epidemic in the enitre country. The various state officials need to call for funding to save these youths from self destruction and to save the hard working middle class. I live in PJS and have a small child. I frequent Meat Farms often and fear that one of the drug addicts will attempt to rob be while I have my son with me. Listen up all you politicians, instead of backing outerspace research and wasting tax payers money on flowers for the MIDDLE of the roads, invest in the safety and clean up the neighborhoods!!
Dan Elton August 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
don't think that's very logical. They still have the best produce selection and prices in the area. Plus, you never know where these trades are going to happen, they seem to pick inconspicuous places, not back allys like in the movies.
kpone August 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Scpd should look closer at all these so called motels or cheap hotels..I think they should post a police officer or at least a squad car in front of these places.there's a lot of illegal activities that take place in these establishments..
Joesph Trombona August 17, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Legalize prostitution and drugs and treat both problems medically instead of criminally.
William Hadley August 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM
LOL
Lisa Mills August 19, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Just so you know it wasn't the illegals that we're selling the drugs. Go back and read the names in the article. The owners of those establishments who were probably looking the other way while this was going on were not owned by illegals.
ReeNee August 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Thanks to the SCP for busting these guys! Don't forget about the dead body that was found behind Meat Farms this past year. I avoid that shopping center.
Kenneth Mac Alpin August 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
so long as child abusers\ dope dealers like diane and peter allen of winter green drive coram breath the will be dealing deatyh period
Americanivory October 06, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Here it is almost two months after the problems were brought to the public and has anyone else noticed the chicos and chicas are virtually gone from the PJS Meatfarms - finally english speaking workers you can actually speak to and understand!!!! And I would presume these employees are legal citizens....
G December 28, 2012 at 09:56 AM
I've been shopping at meat farms for years without a problem. They have great veggies & fruits and to the one who complains about people not taking action or complaining to the police about what went on there, how do you know the store owners didn't complain? Apparently someone did something if they all got arrested. Maybe they're too busy WORKING to notice what goes on outside, i know I'm too busy trying to keep up with the damn taxes that everyone votes to increase. To the one who made the comment about getting them off the govts tit, lmao that's funny, seems they had a profitable enterprise going on there as the evidence pics prove. To the borderline racist comment regarding the chicos and chicas or lack thereof since the arrests, I bet you also agree that min wage shouldn't be raised either and that Americans should support themselves on 7.25/hr. Not for nothing but drug deals have been going on in this town for decades, back in the 80's it was cocaine and it was being sold and consumed by "gasp" white middle class people. To the one who says there should be cops at motels, good luck with THAT, since that would put a huge damper on all the marital infidelities that go on there and that could never be tolerated by the taxpayers or the business owners. To CAPLOCK Sue, typing in all CAPS is considered rude as per Internet etiquette and complaining about it here will accomplish nothing anyway.
chickenhead December 30, 2012 at 07:37 AM
just 1 white girl lol

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