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Pearl River Man Accused of Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs from His Home

D.A.: Large amounts of prescription drugs seized by Drug Task Force, Orangetown Police.

An investigation by the Rockland County Drug Task Force and Orangetown Police into illegal sales of prescription drugs led to today's arrest of a Pearl River man accused of selling drugs out of his home, according to District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

Zugibe said large quantities of prescription drugs - sold on the streets for up to $30 per pill - were seized with the arrest of Richard Lennox of 111 E. Washington Ave. Zugibe said the arrest stemmed from an investigation of suspicious activity in Pearl River.

County detectives and Orangetown police officers, Zugibe said, conducted numerous surveillance operations and checked the background of people coming in contact with Lennox, including a so-called "buyer beware" operation. Zugibe said information from these operations led to the conclusion that the suspicious activity was drug-related.

Lennox is accused of selling the prescription medication oxycodone from his home, as well as open-air distribution locations in Pearl River. Zugibe said other drugs seized include including hydrocodone and cyclobenzaprine.

Lennox was arraigned in Rockland County Court in New City by Judge William K. Nelson, who set bail at $2,000.

NoName February 14, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Another drug dealer in the town that supposedly doesn't have a drug problem??? Great job by the Rockland County Drug task Force- Keep up the pressure. Still Orangetown PD doesnt have a Narcotics Enforcement team. No wonder its an open market. How many more Drug sale arrests will it take before that changes??????
Harvey Cedars February 15, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I think his home is an apartment. Althouh the mjoroty of renters are had working, solid citizens, it does bear noting we have had multiple problems with tenants from the downtown of Pearl River in the past 1-2 years. What legal steps can be taken to verify a renters background and what legal responsibility do the landlords have beyond having legally approved apartments? Should the town take a more proactive approach to make sure all the downtown apartments are legal?
Stacey Maher February 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Orangetown needs a branch of the DEA, ATF, Narcotics, etc working from our location. As far as renters go I agree their should be a background check. Owners of the properties should be able to walk into the police station and pay for a background check on perspective tenants! Code enforcement officers should be out checking all the apartments in Orangetown to make sure they are legal and up to code. IRS enforcement should be checking income tax statements to make sure landlords are reporting the income of these apartments. This last arrest has the alleged drug dealer living a few blocks from my children.
NoName February 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I many instances, such as could be the case here, the renter may not have any criminal record at all. It's the drug traffic- unusual in and out activity that needs to be observed and passed along to a Unit that does not exist in the Orangetown PD. These residences usually have an inordinate amounf of visitors/guests who many times appear for no longer than several minutes. Some arrive numerous times per week or even per day. Having Patrol cars drive by numerous times a day is not the answer. Anyone who spent 5 minutes in law enforcement can tell you that.
Reality February 15, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I guess the truth hurts!
Harvey Cedars February 15, 2013 at 07:07 PM
@Marty: It is a multi prong approach, increased focus by OPD, increased news reporting, shaming some of the downtown property owners...care to wager if our weekly newspaper will cover this news? a lot of their advertisers are invested in maintaining the perception that pearly rivah is still the town of friendly people...one shoud walk from the PR library down franklin, and make a left at main and go a few blocks...still the town of friendly people?
Jim "Catfish" Hunter February 15, 2013 at 07:10 PM
We should hire three more OPD Officers and vote to make sure my son in law is one of them(different last name of course) Happy Valentine Day!
LesDoIt February 17, 2013 at 01:10 AM
My understanding is this man grew up in Pearl River with his parents in a private house, what about renting an aparment now makes him a bigger criminal. Maybe we should have realtors do criminal background checks on people who want to buy a house in Pearl River. Please lets not go overboard.
NoName February 17, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I agree. I wonder if the Rockland Co. DA's didnt release this information would it go out at all??
Kathy Joanes February 17, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Most landlords could care less about what goes on in their apartments or houses as long as the renter pays the rent. And most drug dealers will be prompt payers, after all, they have the extra cash and don't want to bring attention to themselves.
Harvey Cedars February 17, 2013 at 07:32 PM
@Catfish...I like the sarcasm but you touch on part of the problem. A lot of folks get worked up on town employee patronage and whether we should close a golf course or what we should with RPC. I will grant you those issues are serious but imho this drug arrest , coupled with the pizzeria on middletown rd getting shut down for drug activity are moreserious. Yet if the patch comment section is our gauge, there is still apathy or heads in the sands
Jim "Catfish" Hunter February 17, 2013 at 07:55 PM
My cynicism gets the better of me sometimes, and you are going to find patronage anywhere you go. But I agree with you in that the more serious of the issues is an increase of drug related activity. Certainly more prevalent than even 10-15 years ago. I fear it is symptomatic of a longer term decline in quality of life and safety for our town. As a parent, I am apprehensive about our future.
Stacey Maher February 20, 2013 at 02:31 PM
It is my understanding that when you purchase a home anywhere a mortgage application is required. In that application you must reveal," the source of funds". Additionally a credit check is done, an employment verification, income tax returns, etc. That is a background check.
Pat July 16, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Even bigger problems are looming for our town. The Pearl River I grew up in has changed drastically and even bigger changes are just over the horizon. Heads in the sand will not work anymore.

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