An early-morning raid on a West Nyack home was the culmination of an undercover drug investigation that was prompted by complaints of suspicious activity in the area.
and and members of the arrested Matthew Capuano, 24, of 55 Marycrest Road on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree, with the intent to sell, and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree.
said Capuano was caught with numerous prescription drug medications including: oxycodone, opana and xanax. The street value of these prescription drugs was about $2,000.
Zugibe said that police armed with a search warrant raided the home at 6 a.m., using the county's Rescue, Entry and Counter-Terrorism Team (REACT) and a canine unit from Clarkstown to arrest Capuano.
The investigation began when Orangetown police received numerous complaints of suspicious activity at 55 Marycrest Road, West Nyack. The Rockland County Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Unit, along with the Orangetown Police Detective Bureau conducted numerous surveillance operations, background checks, and "buyer beware operations" that confirmed that suspicious activity was drug-related.
Through surveillance, Zugibe said Capuano was seen selling prescription medications at locations in Clarkstown and Montvale, NJ. Among the medications, Oxycodone and Opanas are highly addictive opiate prescription drugs that Zugibe said have been plaguing Rockland County's upper- and middle-class communities.
Capuano was arraigned in Orangetown Town Court and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $10,000 bail pending a hearing.