Man Gets 15 Years for Shipping Cocaine


A Nassau County judge Tuesday sentenced a Williston Park man to 15 years in prison for shipping a kilogram of cocaine in a television box to himself from California to Long Island.

David Kappen, 35, who was convicted in June of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and his co-defendant, Trent Singleton, shipped a television box filled with cocaine from a UPS store in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to an Auto Spa in Williston Park, prosecutors said.

Police in California became suspicious that a 27-inch flatscreen television was being shipped all the way to Long Island and notified Nassau County police.


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When the package arrived in August 2010, Nassau’s Narcotics Vice Bureau set up surveillance and saw Kappen and Singleton in the vicinity of the Auto Spa, along with a third co-defendant, Jamie Denton, placing the package into Singleton’s rental car.

Kappen and Singleton later fled from police when they attempted to pull them over. Singleton, at the wheel, rammed a police car during the pursuit, prosecutors said. They were later caught on foot shortly after the police chase.

Singleton pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison in December. Denton, arrested a day later, pleaded guilty to criminal facilitation in June 2011.

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