Nassau County Detectives charged a Plainview man Tuesday with dealing heroin after they say they witnessed drug transactions go down in Plainview and Franklin Square.
Narcotics detectives made seven arrests in connection with a series of heroin transactions Tuesday, including two other Plainview area men charged with criminal possession of the drug.
According to detectives:
Jonathan Rogge, 24, of 18 Heather Lane, Plainview, met with Brian Cosenza, 20, of 16 John Drive, Old Bethpage, on Old Country Road at Grohmans Lane about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rogge handed Cosenza a box of cigarettes in exchange for cash.
Rogge then left in a Jeep as undercover detectives followed. Cosenza, along with Nicholas Soehngen, 19, of 94 Burton Lane, Commack, was stopped by detectives as they were attempting to leave the location in a Nissan.
Detectives recovered the box of cigarettes from the vehicle which contained five bags of heroin and both defendants were placed under arrest.
Meanwhile Rogge was followed to New Hyde Park Road and Auburn Street in Franklin Square where he and his occupants met with another vehicle shortly after 9 p.m.
Rogge left the Jeep and entered a Chevy operated by Peter Pappas, 26, of 3225 Oceanside Rd., Oceanside, with passenger Matthew OConnor, 25, of 108 Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square, and sat in the rear passenger seat.
Detectives approached the Chevy and discovered more than 30 bags of heroin and about $1,000 in cash from the vehicle. The Jeep, which was occupied by Eric Norden, 21, of 107 Wartburg Ave., Copiague, and Sean Murphy, 23, of 2 Violet Lane, Plainview, was found to contain four bags of heroin. All five defendants were placed under arrest.
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Rogge is charged with third-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance and will be arraigned on Wednesday.
Cosenza, Soehngen, OConnor, Murphy, and Norden are being charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Pappas is being charged with two counts of criminal Possession of a controlled substance. Norden will be arraigned on Wednesday.
Cosenza and Soehngen were released on appearance tickets and are to return on Sept. 24. Pappas, OConnor and Murphy were released on appearance tickets to return on Sept. 26.
All defendants will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.