CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Three local people have been charged with selling drugs in an undercover drug takedown by the Rockland County Drug Task Force, according to Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
The three were charged on Friday, Oct. 14, following a three-month undercover narcotics investigation targeting street-level drug dealers in Clarkstown and Orangetown. The defendants are charged with selling crack and powdered cocaine, heroin and marijuana to undercover police officers on numerous occasions in and around the Valley Cottage and the Village of Nyack, including in front of a daycare center, Zugibe said.
"The result of this joint investigation should bring welcome relief to the residents of Rockland County," said Zugibe. "These defendants were major players in the open-air drug markets believed responsible for moving thousands of dollars in illegal drugs into our neighborhoods."
Jason Alcin, 33, of 338 Old Mill Road, Valley Cottage, directed his drug customers to the streets surrounding the Nyack Plaza Apartments, including the front lot of Head Start of Rockland, a nationally accredited preschool and early education center for low-income children and their families in Rockland County, he added.
“The arrests in this case illustrate the determination and persistence of both law enforcement and prosecutors in attacking drug trafficking in Rockland County in order to improve the quality of life for our families," he added.
The investigation begin in July after the Drug Task Force received information from the Village of Spring Valley Police Department that the dealing was taking place within the village and in Clarkstown and Orangetown.
In response, the Drug Task Force, along with officers from Spring Valley, Orangetown and Clarkstown used numerous undercover officers to purchase crack and powdered cocaine, heroin and other drugs at several locations, police said.
The undercover buys and "buyer beware" operations included eavesdropping in order to dismantle the tight group of dealers.
As part of the investigation, officers executed search warrants and recovered two, loaded .357 magnum semi- automatic handguns and $216,000 in cash from the residence of Alcin.
The others arrested included Candice "Candi" Biggs, 30, and Jason "J Gotti" Britt, 34, both of Nyack. They each face four felony counts criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.
Alcin was charged with two felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon in addition to the drug charges. He was on probation at the time of his arrest, authorities said.
A 32-year-old woman who lived with Alcin, Stephanie Federici, of Valley Cottage, also faces a child-endangerment charge. The Rockland County Office of Child Protective Services has been notified of the charge.
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