WEST ISLIP

West Islip man arrested for connection to drug ring

Randall Waszynski
Posted 7/30/20

A West Islip resident employed as an NYPD officer since 2017 was arrested alongside two other individuals for connection to an alleged drug-distribution ring. Several search warrants conducted on …

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WEST ISLIP

West Islip man arrested for connection to drug ring

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A West Islip resident employed as an NYPD officer since 2017 was arrested alongside two other individuals for connection to an alleged drug-distribution ring. Several search warrants conducted on Tuesday, July 21, resulted in the seizure of approximately 400 grams of oxycodone pills and tablets, approximately $75,700 in cash, and various paraphernalia consistent with drug sales, including scales and packaging materials.

Joseph Recca, the NYPD officer, received five total charges, including three felonies. If convicted, Recca, as well as the two other individuals, each face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

“This is an NYPD officer who, along with two co-conspirators, was allegedly involved in operating a local drug distribution network in our community, which is very disturbing,” Suffolk County district attorney Tim Sini said. “Our message is consistent: If you are dealing drugs in Suffolk County, we are coming for you, and no one is above the law. No matter what position you hold in our community, we will hold you accountable if you violate the law.”

A press release disseminated by the county DA’s office indicates that a fatal overdose in Copiague in September 2019 revealed evidence of alleged drug dealing performed by Recca. Upon further investigation conducted by NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau that involved physical and electronic surveillance as well as court-authorized eavesdropping, the team uncovered that Recca was purchasing the pills from a Brentwood resident and then delivering the pills to a third individual who would then sell the product.

Additionally, during the investigation, Recca allegedly made use of official NYPD resources to run the license plate numbers of vehicles he believed were following him in order to maintain the drug-trafficking operation.

On Wednesday, after the arraignment in Central Islip, Suffolk County police commissioner Geraldine Hart thanked the various teams and sections involved in identifying and locating the individuals.

“This case signifies the important partnership we have with our law enforcement agencies, like the NYPD, and it also serves as an example of our commitment to the idea that no one is above the law,” Hart said. “Together, law enforcement will continue to hold officers like Recca accountable for the damage they inflict not only on the communities they took an oath to serve, but on the badge that we are all so proud to wear.”

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