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DA: 5 with alleged gang ties indicted in sex trafficking ring

Defendants plied women with narcotics and forced them into prostitution to pay for the drugs, Suffolk district attorney says. Five suspected members and associates of the Bloods gang face multiple sex trafficking and other charges after their victims were “physically...

Suffolk program teaches teens the risks of drunken, drugged driving

Skits and stories are used to inform young motorists of dangers as the prom, graduation and summer party season approach. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini unveiled a program Monday aimed at educating high school students and their parents on the dangers...

DA: Largest opioids seizure in Suffolk County history

William Velasquez, 38, of Wyandanch, was arrested and charged with operating as a major drug trafficker, prosecutors said. Federal agents seized more than 90 pounds of fentanyl and heroin with a $10 million street value — the largest opioid bust in Suffolk history —...

Suffolk DA: Gang recruiter convicted of attempted coercion

An “enforcer” in the MS-13 gang last year tried to recruit new members by threatening to kill those who refused, days after the bodies of four gang victims were discovered in Central Islip, authorities said Monday in announcing a conviction. Juan Lopez, 32, of...

Suffolk DA travels to El Salvador for MS-13 battle plan

The three-day trip sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already paid dividends, Sini said. Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini traveled with state and local law-enforcement officials from New York and Maryland this week to El Salvador, where he met...

Suffolk announces big decrease in first-quarter crime statistics

Crime in Suffolk County dropped dramatically in the first quarter of 2018, with shootings down by nearly half and other violent crime declining by almost a fifth, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. And Suffolk police also appear to be gaining ground in the...

DA: Holtsville man extorted women into providing explicit images

Joseph Iorio, 21, attempted to extort more than 30 women, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said. Suffolk’s district attorney is ramping up efforts to fight “sextortion” and so-called “revenge porn,” starting Friday with the guilty plea of a Holtsville man...