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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mob associate inadvertantly led NYPD to drug ring

An NYPD drug probe dubbed “Operation Goodfellas” hit paydirt because one of the targets was a real dumbfella.
Reputed mob associate David Antinuche, 51, and four alleged accomplices were busted following a 10-month investigation into narcotics sales in Queens and Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.
Undercover officers made 19 purchases, buying a total of 300 grams of cocaine and 150 grams of heroin with a combined street value of $35,000.
At least two batches of the heroin also contained the deadly, synthetic opioid fentanyl.
But in addition to making the buys, the undercovers convinced Antinuche to introduce them to his suppliers, said Deputy Inspector Dominick D’Orazio, commanding officer of the NYPD’s Criminal Enterprise Investigative Section.
The not-so-wise-guy’s rap sheet includes previous busts for attempted murder, robbery and drugs, officials said.
He and pal Robert Henricks, 42, were both arrested during a Tuesday raid on their home at 73-32 53rd Road in Maspeth, where cops seized several glassine envelopes of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Three other men — Santiago Villarraga, 23; Samuel Rivera, 47; and Eliescer Matta Medina, 25 — were also busted, and two others were being sought.
D’Orazio described the suspects as “mid- to high-level” dealers, but officials wouldn’t say which, if any, were the suppliers inadvertently identified by Antinuche.



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