Riverhead - (WALK) Police are holding two men suspected of leading a drugs-trafficking ring in Suffolk County, one of whom boasted of netting as much as $2,000 per day, according to prosecutors.
The suspects, Michael Meurer, 39, of Miller Place, and John Gonzales, 43, of Franklin Square, are accused of distributing marijuana and cocaine, primarily in the Mastic-Shirley area, according to the Suffolk district attorney's office.
Meurer, Gonzales, and a third suspect Joselito Colon, 43, of Mastic Beach, were arrested while in a car allegedly in possession of approximately one pound of cocaine, valued at about $50,000. Prosecutors the drugs ring would move about a kilogram of cocaine (2.2 lbs.), netting about $100,000, every seven to ten days.
Prosecutors say Meurer received drugs at his home in Miller Place from Gonalez, of Franklin Square, and then distribute them for sale to as many as 10 other people. A total of 12 people associated with Meurer and Gonzales were arrested following a four-year investigation, including the use of court-approved wire taps.
Meurer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $1 million cash or $2 million bond. If convicted he faces 25-years to life in prison.
Colon is charged with conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance; his bail was set at $1.5 million cash or bond. Gonzales is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.