Uniondale man sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug trafficking | Herald Community Newspapers

A Uniondale man was sentenced July 8 to 12 years in prison with five years of probation after release for his role in a major drug trafficking ring that operated in the Hempstead area.

Orlando Ramsay, 49, pleaded guilty on May 21 to operating as a major drug trafficker, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Orlando Ramsay was a major dealer in a Hempstead drug ring that supplied dangerous opioids and other drugs to smaller dealers throughout Nassau County and promoted violence in and around Hempstead,” Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said in the release. “The defendant was arrested in possession of drugs with a street value of over $500,000, including one kilogram of heroin.”

Donnelly said that on October 17, 2020, Ramsay was allegedly stopped with approximately 350 grams of cocaine in his vehicle as he was on his way to deliver the narcotics. Nassau police arrested him.

During a search of Ramsay’s home on October 18, police said they found 1,500 grams of cocaine, 1 kilogram of heroin, 200 grams of morphine, 12 grams of fentanyl, four firearms, $185,000 in cash and various drug paraphernalia.

Donnelly said the street value of the drugs seized through the search warrant is nearly $500,000.

In October 2019, the Nassau County District Attorney, the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Long Island Field Division began investigating an increase in violence and drug trafficking in the Hempstead area, Donnelly said.

Operation Honeycomb was so named because the house where the drugs were packaged and stored was referred to as “Honeycomb” in wiretapped telephone conversations of people allegedly involved in the ring, she added.

Ramsay was one of several people identified during the investigation as a “wholesale dealer,” Donnelly said, which requires that the value of the drugs possessed or sold by the dealer exceeded $75,000 over a period of six months or less.

“The defendant is one of the latest to be convicted in a multi-partner operation that resulted in 40 indictments, including several major Hempstead drug traffickers,” Donnelly said in the press release.

These individuals allegedly acted as primary suppliers for several small-time dealers in Nassau County and worked together to obtain and distribute narcotics such as heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, officials said.

Prosecutors allege the drugs were smuggled from California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Puerto Rico.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the price of cocaine fluctuated wildly as demand outstripped supply, Donnelly said. Cocaine prices rose to street prices of $125 a gram, and prosecutors said dealers began mixing fentanyl with cocaine and heroin to increase the potency of the supply while using less cocaine.

“I thank our many law enforcement partners for their work in dismantling this dangerous gang and increasing safety in our communities,” Donnelly said in the press release.