Hempstead leads Nassau in heroin arrests

The Village of Hempstead leads Nassau County for heroin arrests in 2016, according to data from the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD).

The figures show 61 heroin arrests in Hempstead up until Nov. 2, which is 8.3 percent of the total 733 to date. The list below breaks down the top 10 communities with the most heroin arrests in 2016:

  • 1. Hempstead: 61 (8.3 percent)

  • 2. Levittown: 42 (5.7 percent)

  • 3. Hicksville: 37 (5 percent)

  • 4. Westbury: 37 (5 percent)

  • 5. Massapequa: 32 (4.4 percent)

  • 6. Bethpage: 30 (4.1 percent)

  • 7. Mineola: 29 (4 percent)

  • 8. Farmingdale: 26 (3.5 percent)

  • 9. Oceanside: 22 (3 percent)

  • 10. Merrick: 22 (3 percent)

Within Nassau County there are three towns: Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, and two cities: Glen Cove and Long Beach. There are 64 incorporated villages and 100 unincorporated villages (hamlets) in the county. Hamlets are communities within a town, identified by a name, but not incorporated as a village, making it an unincorporated community.

The majority of people arrested are in the 24-28 age group, as can be seen in the chart below:

In 2016, out of the 733 people arrested in Nassau County for heroin offenses, 384 (53 percent) were between the ages of 30 and 68, while 349 (47 percent) of those arrested were between the ages of 18 and 29.

The data also shows that white males make up the largest proportion with 462 arrests, which is 63 percent of arrests. 

In contrast, only 26 percent of African-Americans (Black) have reportedly been arrested for heroin offenses. Over 8 percent of other races have reported to be arrested in Nassau County. In the graph below, heroin users who are African-American were arrested a total of 190 times in 2016. Users who are Caucasian were arrested a total of 462 times (63 percent), while other races were arrested only 81 times (11.1 percent).

Men had more heroin arrests than women in Nassau County and the rest of Long Island. Heroin users who are men were arrested 577 times while users who are women were arrested 156 times.

The data also shows what type of charge heroin users were faced with, as can be seen in the chart below:

As the chart shows, heroin users who were faced with a 220.03 charge made up 60.3 percent of the total 733 arrests to date. While heroin offenses who were faced with a 220.39 charge (24.4 percent).

A 220.03 charge is a common class A misdemeanor, criminal scale of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. This charge applies to other controlled substances, except for marijuana and could go on the person’s permanent record. If convicted, a person can be sentenced for up to one year in prison.

A 220.39 charge is a class B felony, criminal scale of a controlled substance in the third degree. If convicted, a person can be sentenced for up to 25 years in prison.

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