Karan Young

Nassau County District Attorney's Office

Retired NYPD Detective Admits To Role In Heroin Ring

July 10, 2018 - 1:08 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A retired NYPD narcotics detective pleaded guilty this week for her role in a heroin ring in Nassau County, Queens, and Brooklyn.

Karan Young, 50, of Laurelton, Queens, pleaded guilty on Monday before Nassau County Judge Robert Schwartz to conspiracy in the fourth degree.

She is expected to be sentenced to probation, thought he Nassau County District Attorney’s office recommended 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison.

“This retired narcotics detective knew the deadly impact of heroin yet she helped her boyfriend profit from dealing poison in our communities,” Nassau County DA Madeline Singas said in a news release. “Anyone who enables the drug traffickers who fuel this epidemic should expect to be met with aggressive prosecution.”

Prosecutors began investigating a Hempstead-based heroin dealer in January 2016, and found that the dealer was supplied by a Bushwick, Brooklyn-based narcotics operation led by Leigh “Chris” Jackson.

Jackson and other members of the network packaged and sold heroin in sleeves and grams to drug dealers, and used barbershops and auto body shops in Brooklyn as distribution points, prosecutors said.

Young is Jackson’s longtime romantic partner, and assisted in the drug ring by collecting money for him, prosecutors said. At the time of her arrest, Young was working for Delta Airlines at LaGuardia Airport, prosecutors said.

Young admitted that she gave Jackson a mini-NYPD shield and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association card to help him avoid detection by police as he ran drugs, prosecutors said.

A total of 14 defendants in the case distributed 23,000 doses of heroin a week and sold about $170,000 a week of the drug, prosecutors said.

Jackson pleaded guilty to operating as a major trafficker in December and was sentenced to seven years in prison.