NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Suffolk County has more heroin overdoses than any other county in all of New York State. Police arrested one accused dealer who allegedly injected customers himself to ensure they would get hooked and keep coming back for more.
Suffolk County police said that a home in East Islip was a drug hell. At 40 Shinnecock Lane, investigators said Daniel Orlando, 18, not only sold heroin, but was injecting teenaged girls with the drug.
"When a 15-year-old is injected with heroin by an adult, it's against their will by nature," Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. "This is a disgusting act. It's a barbaric act. And it's clearly a business model."
Suffolk County narcotics officers had been watching the house for weeks. After arresting Orlando Thursday morning, police recovered heroin, scales, and Xanax.
"We executed the search warrant this morning and see hypodermic needles in front of the house, on the street, baggies all over the place, it's disgusting," Sini said.
Neighbors, who didn't want to be on camera, said they noticed some unusual activity on the quiet block. Dozens of cars would come and go at all hours, just around the block from John F. Kennedy Elementary School. The close-knit community is shocked by the news.
Police said they were able to make the arrest thanks to a new drug tip line that's been flooded with calls lately.
"That tells us two things. There is a problem in Suffolk County with drug dealing and people want to do something about it," Sini said.
Orlando is charged with a variety of drug crimes, including endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said more victims could be out there. Police are asking anyone with information to call the anonymous drug tip line at 631-852-NARC.