Former NYPD Officer, Wife Accused Of Selling Drugs Out Of LI Home

March 14, 2019 - 12:58 pm

NORTH MERRICK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A former NYPD officer and his wife accused of selling drugs out of their Nassau County home were arrested Thursday.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, the alleged drug house in North Merrick is located directly in front of a daycare center and an alternative school.

Authorities say former police officer Kenneth Riggio and his wife, Faith, a teacher’s assistant in the North Merrick School District, sold heroin, cocaine and Oxycodone pills out of the one-story home.

“We went through house recovering $146,000 in cash, $85,000 cashier’s check that he hadn’t cashed yet, 200 Oxycodones – that’s exactly what we’re been fighting for the last year and half – half ounce of cocaine, half ounce of a brownish substance believed to be heroin," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said

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The investigation began after a number of complaints from neighbors and residents.

Riggio, who is on probation, had a check from the probation department as part of “Operation Night Watch” and the investigators found the drugs.

“He has an extensive background and arrest history from drugs, DWI and assault,” Ryder added.

Riggio was an NYPD officer for four years in the 1980s. He was held on $500,000 bond, and his wife is being held on $50,000 bond.