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Nassau County District Attorney's Office

Nassau D.A.: Drug Trafficking Ring Busted In Long Beach

November 09, 2018 - 1:03 pm
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LONG BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County police arrested five men and dismantled a major drug trafficking ring in Long Beach this month.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced Friday that authorities have concluded a 14-month investigation dubbed, “Operation Beech Sweep,” into a Long Beach drug trafficking ring.

The operation revealed that Robert Gause, the alleged ringleader, received crack and cocaine from Carlos Andujar, an alleged Latin Kings gang member. He then supplied to drugs to Rodney Coward, Ronnie Sutton and Harold Chestnut, who allegedly sold to dozens of users in Long Beach, Inwood and Atlantic Beach.

Gause also allegedly had connections to buy and then resell heroin, oxycodone pills and Xanax.

“They were supplying lots of the Long Beach community, so this is significant takedown of some high level dealers,” said Singas, who added that her "office remains laser-focused on dismantling the drug trafficking networks that are fueling Long Island's opioid epidemic.”

Between June 2017 and November 2018, more than half a kilogram of drugs and more than 100 pills have been recovered.

Additionally, a loaded .357 Magnum Revolver and a shotgun were allegedly found inside Sutton’s home.

The DA said the drug ring operated on Beach Street in Long Beach for years. It’s believed that the group only bought and sold to “insiders” in the hopes of shielding themselves from arrest.

“Long Beach is a difficult place for law enforcement to operate in a covert capacity because it's pretty much a small town. Everyone knows who's there and why they're there and the local police officers, but we were able to get in and make some significant arrests on these high level dealers,” the DA explained.

Robert “Bean” Gause, 49, was arraigned on Nov. 1 and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Carlos Andujar, 34, was arraigned on Nov. 3 and charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He faces a maximum of 24 years in prison.

Rodney Coward, 43, was arraigned on Nov. 7 and charged with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. If convicted, he could face 14 years in prison.

Ronnie Sutton, 45, was arraigned on Nov. 3 and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. If convicted of the top charge, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Harold Chestnut, 59, of Long Beach, was arraigned on Nov. 2 and charged with second-degree conspiracy. If convicted, he could see a maximum of nine years in prison.