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Cops bust Long Island heroin ring that took sneakers as payments

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More than a dozen people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a Long Island heroin syndicate that raked in $30,000 in weekly profits — including a pair of sneakerhead kingpins who sometimes took pairs of Jordans as payment, authorities said Tuesday.

The Nassau County District Attorney’s office said it has indicted 15 people for their involvement in the ring, which sold between 13,000 and 26,000 doses of heroin per month and has been tied to 15 overdoses — three of which were fatal.

The alleged ringleaders, Brooklynites Luis Rivera and Orlando Rodriguez, allegedly ran the syndicate for six years, prosecutors say.

Authorities conducted raids at their shared apartment in East New York on Dec. 13, where they found 175 pairs of Jordans, $383,000 in cash and a large stash of heroin valued at $325,000.