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Busted With Half-Kilo Of Coke 


Police seized a half-kilo of cocaine in Melville during one of the four arrests that broke up a “major source of cocaine and marijuana” in Suffolk County, according to District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Spota’s office said that Joselito Colon, of Mastic Beach, had the drugs in his possession when he was arrested in Melville on Aug. 20.

Michael Meurer, the alleged ringleader of the operation who was said to have operated the ring out of his Miller Place home, had more than 8 oz. of cocaine in his possession when he was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on the Long Island Expressway in the Melville-Huntington area, officials said.

Meurer is accused of operating as a major drug trafficker who allegedly brought four kilos of cocaine, with a street value of nearly $200,000, into Suffolk County during a two-month span, officials said.

The same night, alleged co-conspirators Johnny Gonzalez, of Franklin Square, and Richard Murillo, of Mastic, were also arrested in Nassau County and Mastic, respectively.

Spota’s office said they received the go-ahead in June to conduct surveillance on the four suspects’ telephones, which the DA said revealed the extent of the operation.

“In two months, the organization distributed large quantities of cocaine and marijuana, covering towns from the South Shore to the North Shore,” Spota said. “The evidence is strong, including more than 1,000 intercepted Michael Meurer telephone calls, most of those calls featuring Mr. Meurer speaking in detail and with intent of distributing these dangerous narcotics.”

Gonzalez, Meurer, Colon and Murillo were indicted last week on multiple drug and conspiracy charges; they were scheduled to have been arraigned after press time on Wednesday before Judge Stephen Braslow.

Murillo has a previous criminal record involving drugs, including a 2005 felony conviction for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and a 2002 conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Meurer faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the top count against him, which is operating as a major trafficker, an A felony.

The arrest of Michael Meurer cut off a major source of marijuana and cocaine in Suffolk County, District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

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