2016-04-14 / Front Page

Copiague man charged with selling heroin in Massapequa

A 26-year-old Copiague man, who works for Educational Bus Transportation (EBT), has been arrested and charged by Nassau County Police Department’s Major Case Bureau detectives for selling heroin.

Police said the subject, Maldane Cockett, 26, of 44 Bethpage Rd., Copiague, sold an undisclosed amount of heroin to another individual on North Broadway at the intersection of North Beech Street, Massapequa at approximately 8 p.m. He was not working at the time he sold the drugs, nor is there any indication at this time that he sold drugs while working as a bus driver, said police officials.

Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force detectives, along with Bureau of Special Operations police officers, placed Cockett under arrest at the scene and are continuing their investigation.

EBT issued a statement saying they have removed the driver from service pending the outcome of the charges.

“At Educational Bus Transportation, we act immediately if we suspect a driver is involved in illegal activity,” the statement reads.  “Additionally, our drivers undergo a rigorous hiring process and are randomly tested for drugs and alcohol for the duration of their employment.  We are cooperating fully with the authorities in this matter.”

Cockett has a previous conviction for criminal possession of a weapon and is being charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and was arraigned today in First District Court, Hempstead.

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