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Long Island Man Sentenced For Possession of Cocaine, Crack, Firearms

Flanders resident Daniel Harris was sentenced at the Central Islip federal courthouse.
Flanders resident Daniel Harris was sentenced at the Central Islip federal courthouse. Photo Credit: File

A Long Island drug dealer will spend a decade in prison after being busted selling crack cocaine out of his home.

Flanders resident Daniel Harris, 36, was sentenced in Central Islip federal court to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine base, as well as possession of multiple firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

Harris pleaded guilty to the charges on April 8, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue stated.

As part of an investigation into drug trafficking around Riverhead, undercover police officers made multiple purchases of crack cocaine from Harris at his home, Donoghue said. On Nov. 14 last year,

Harris was arrested, and a search warrant was executed at his home that led to the seizure of more than a kilogram of powder cocaine and more than 50 grams of cocaine base, $10,073 in cash, a shotgun, a .38 caliber revolver and a 9mm. handgun. 

Donoghue said that at his guilty plea proceeding, Harris admitted that he kept the guns to protect his drug trafficking business.

“With today’s sentence, the defendant is deservedly punished for endangering the residents of eastern Long Island with his drug dealing and arming himself to the teeth to protect his illicit business,” Donoghue said. “This Office will continue working relentlessly with our federal and local law enforcement partners to address the dangerous combination of narcotics and firearms.” 

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