Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration joined the Spring Valley police to apprehend four New York men involved in a drug deal that included 1,000 decks of heroin and over $10,000 in cash. Police confirmed that the arrests were part of Operation Life Line, which is a joint effort among several law enforcement organizations hoping to stop mid and upper level drug dealers. The four men arrested now face felony drug charges as a result of their alleged connection to the drug deal.

The men were caught when law enforcement officials approached their Nissan Altima, near 96 East and Route 59 last Wednesday. Police arrested each of the men and seized both the drugs and the cash, which totaled $15,000. A deck of heroin contains between one and 15 grams of the drug, and each deck is individually wrapped for sale.

Three of the men – ages ranging 20 to 38, were charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and a first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Each of the charges is considered felonious, and the men are being held at the county jail without bond. The fourth man, aged 39, was charged only with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The details of his detainment are not known.

Given the serious nature of the allegations against the men, New York defense counsel will likely be sought. The penalties for felony drug charges can include prison time, probation, and monetary reparation. Qualified defense counsel may assist those accused to navigate the legal proceedings and help ensure they receive a fair trial.

Source: Lohud, “Cops: 4 NYC men arrested during Spring Valley drug deal,” James O’Rourke, July 15, 2011