Police Bust Cocaine Sale in Northport

Police said a drug dealer was caught during a sale in a CVS parking lot.

Matthew Higgins, of Mineola, was arrested in Northport Jan. 22 on a charge of criminal sale of a controleld substance. Credit: Northport Police Department.
Matthew Higgins, of Mineola, was arrested in Northport Jan. 22 on a charge of criminal sale of a controleld substance. Credit: Northport Police Department.

Northport Police say that they caught a drug dealer in the act last week while observing a cocaine sale in a CVS parking lot.

After recieving intelligence from a previous arrest, police observed Matthew Higgins, of Mineola, operating a 2008 BMW as he pulled into a parking lot at CVS Jan. 22 around 10:30 p.m. to meet a buyer.

Upon observance of the sale, officers approached the vehicle and took those involved into custody, police said. In their search, police uncovered the cocaine, as well as a small quantity of marijuana and a packet of Suboxone in his wallet. 

Higgins was arrested and charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance.

david January 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Bravo! Excellent police work! Keep the drugs out of our towns and prevent the decay of our people! Good Job
Northport Pansy January 28, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Why they were at it they should of sent ICE in to the house across the street that's full of Illegals. You no the one...it's got piles of garbage and piles of empty beer bottles in front of it...In between everything green and nail salon....BTW..anyone no who owns that spic house...love to have a chat with him....
Average Male January 28, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Wow this is shocking, i had him as a student he was a really smart and nice kid.
Tyson January 28, 2014 at 09:49 AM
It goes to show you that these kids rat on each other, I am glad they do, very unlike the older generation, no one rated, there is no honesty among thieves. Drug dealers are the lowest form of human beings. He will plea by turning in his dealer until it goes up the ladder. Good job Police, great job.
ProphettRichard January 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM
I would never think matt would become a drug dealer he's a very intelligent and charismatic person, its a shame he got involved in drugs and got snitched on. I respect matt for not snitching.
Pat Kelly January 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Bill Wilson - What about the white cape on the corner of 25A & Ray Place (#1 Ray). The owner pays about $6500 in Real Estate taxes, there are people living in the basemant & attic. I called the Town over 6 months ago and was told "not legal". To date still people living in basement.
BillyScott January 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM
"After receiving intelligence from a previous arrest" damn snitches set him up....FREE HIGGiNS!
Northport Pansy January 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Pat, I hear ya...it's crazy. There's all these wonderful codes and laws in place but no one enforces them. I'm not sure what to do next...we are being hung out to dry and feel helpless as I watch this town I love turn into Wyndanch or Huntington Station....
Pat Kelly January 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Bill, I was talking to an attorney friend a few weeks ago. He told me if you send a Certified Letter to Code & Compliance, at the Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington & report the address, they MUST take action. If the town dose not act & someone dies from carbon dioxide poisoning or from a fire do to living in an illegal rental the Town will be fully liable, being that they did not take action.
Northport girl January 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I have a really big problem with you writing this without getting the facts straight, can't trust the patch with their false information. Northport has a big drug problem but they're looking for someone to blame and put up a front that their town is "clean" when it clearly is not
Northport girl January 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM
And where is the article about who you received your "intelligence" from?
Tyson January 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Good police work will get this Higgins to rat on where his supply came from and so on, it's all a game to get the head guy. This isn't the mob, these kids would sell their mother to keep out of jail, all my friends in law enforcement know the deal, Higgins will get off with a misdemeanor if he plays his cards right and rats. Deal making isn't just for Donald Trump.
Pat Kelly January 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Bill- [Follow up] It may not be Code & Compliance, it may be Code Enforcement. There number is 631-351-3167, you may want to add the Supervisor name to the letter, who ever that is.
Northport Pansy January 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Pat, that's a great idea, I will send a certified letter. All my calls ans letters over the past year produced no results. I hope other people are reading these posts and start taking a hard look at what's really going on in our town..Thanks
PaulieM January 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Tyson you don't know Higgins he's tough as nails and would never snitch, all he got caught with was half gram of cocaine, 1 suboxone and a little marijuana the cops wasted there time with this small time bust.
Northport Pansy January 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Got it....I know the # well...I never mailed them a certified but I will give it a shot.....
Pat Kelly January 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Bill - Good luck. I am going to send off a Certified Letter this weekend on the home on Ray Place. Hope others in our community start firing off letters too. Lived in the area for nearly 20 years & I see things getting worse. It really makes me sick that I am paying over 12K in real estate taxes a year & these Slum Lords are paying half that & are using three times the services or more.
Pat Kelly January 28, 2014 at 01:14 PM
& get a Return Receipt (green card)
ARCH STANTON January 28, 2014 at 06:11 PM
MG January 28, 2014 at 07:19 PM
He's a 'good kid'? COME ONE. If he;s that great, adopt him, or let your own kid date him. Reallyyyyyyy....
Tyson January 28, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Let's see how tough he is once he goes to prison. He looks like a screamer after he picks up the soap. Time will tell, he will rat, or he better take this time to work out, learn mma or boxing or some skill in fighting, these kids today don't train in the arts of fighting. When I was young we took karate, boxing, kung fu wing shung, knife fighting, all the arts. Growing up in the city you had to real tough.
Wilmer January 28, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Tyson i train WWF you don't know anything about toughness or this generation
Tyson January 28, 2014 at 09:09 PM
WWF, isn't that the fake wrestling in the Mickey Rourke movie, don't make me laugh!!
Wilmer January 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Fake? Ask owen hart if its fake. your named after tyson chicken cuz thats what you are...CHICKEN!
Spectr0 January 31, 2014 at 02:46 AM
Yay, I welcome all troublesome activity. This town eeds more reasons for it's annoying residents to complain.
knee jerk February 01, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Looks like Ferris Buehler after his day off.


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