Storeowners Busted On
By Howard Schwach
Two men who recently took over the Belle Harbor Kosher Delicatessen on Beach 116 Street were arrested in Nassau County on Wednesday by agents of the Federal Bureau of Identification (FBI) on federal charges of drug trafficking.
According to Detective Lieutenant Steve Skrynecki of the Nassau County Police Department and corroborated by federal sources, the two men, David Berl and Ian Marpet, were arrested along with 13 other men on charges of operating a burglary ring and trafficking in Mexican drugs.
It was unclear at press time as to whether the two men with local connections were involved with both the burglary team and the drug trafficking.
According to police sources, the burglary team, dressed all in black, operated in Queens, Nassau, upstate New York and Connecticut between March of 1995 and May of 2001. Most often, they burglarized commercial buildings, but at least one of their jobs was a mansion in Matinecock in a exclusive area of Nassau County.
The gang reportedly made off with more than $10 million in loot during their six-year crime spree, selling the goods to a man who owns a warehouse in Ridgefield, New Jersey, according to the police.