NYPD officer arrested for alleged role in Suffolk County drug ring

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Drugs, cash seized in Suffolk County

Police seized drugs, cash and a ghost gun while investigating a drug ring. (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office)

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SUFFOLK COUNTY — An NYPD officer and two others were arrested for their alleged roles in a Long Island drug ring, officials said Wednesday.

Officer Joseph Recca, 28, allegedly bought pills containing illicit substances from Michael Sosa, 25, and then resold them to Michael Corbett, 53, for distribution, officials said. Recca allegedly used NYPD resources to run license plate numbers as part of the drug trafficking operation.

Police tracked Recca down as they investigated a Sept. 3, 2019 fatal overdose.

No one is above the law, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said.

“Together, law enforcement will continue to hold officers like Recca accountable for the damage they inflict not only on the communities they took an oath to serve, but on the badge that that we are all so proud to wear,” Hart said.

Recca was arrested on charges of conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a computer and official misconduct.

Sosa was arrested on charges of conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon.

Corbett was arrested on charges of conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Officers seized approximately 400 grams of oxycodone pills and tablets and approximately $75,700 in cash during a Tuesday search.

If convicted, Recca, Sosa and Corbett each face a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

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