Brookhaven Worker, Ex-cop Nabbed in Drug Bust


Half gram and gram packets of cocaine packaged by dealers for sale in North Brookhaven Town bars (SCDA)

A Brookhaven Town Highway Department and an ex-NYPD officer are among a half dozen suspects that have been rounded up on drug dealing charges, Suffolk County authorities said Thursday.

Thomas Forkin, the town worker and alleged ringleader, was busted along with the others following a year-long investigation into oxycodone and cocaine dealing, authorities said. Ex-cop Thomas Gironda, 44, of Setauket was also charged in the case, authorities added.


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“Among Mr. Forkin’s customers were other town highway workers,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “And there is considerable evidence he bought and sold drugs on town time and from town-owned highway department vehicles.”

He said investigators seized pills and cocaine from Forkin’s safe and a lockbox in Gironda’s workshop. The drugs were allegedly packaged for sale in bars and nightclubs in northern Brookhaven Town communities.

The suspects are also accused of dealing drugs in the parking lots of restaurants, gas stations and banks in northern Brookhaven.  They will be arraigned Friday at Suffolk County court.

Spota, County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine have scheduled a Thursday news conference to discuss the bust.

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