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Long Beach Man Indicted in Drugs, Loansharking Sting

Brian O'Neill of Long Beach.
Brian O'Neill of Long Beach.

A grand jury indicted a Long Beach man last month for his arrest in a narcotics and loansharking sting at his West End home in 2011.

Brian O’Neill, 52, was arraigned at Nassau County Court in Mineola on Jan. 28 following grand jury indictments stemming from his arrest on Nov. 7, 2011.

At that time, O’Neill and three other suspects — Arthur Corso and John Amabile, both of Island Park; and Richard Gould of Baldwin — were arrested while search warrants were executed at O’Neill’s home on Minnesota Avenue as part of a narcotic and loan sharking enterprise investigation by the Long Beach and Nassau County police departments, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to Lt. Eric Cregeen, an LBPD spokesman. As a result of the investigation, police seized three automobiles and more than $100,000 in cash.

O'Neill was charged with two class C Felonies, five class E Felonies, and one class A misdemeanor at his arraignment. His bail was continued at $50,000 bond over $25,000 cash. O'Neill is due back in County Court Feb. 13.

"This is  another example of a collective effort by law enforcement agencies that resulted in a successful end to this criminal enterprise, and we are confident that the end result will be a conviction,” said LBPD Commissioner Michael Tangney.

The LBPD report that Amabile pled guilty to second-degree criminal usury and was sentenced to Probation; Gould pled guilty to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal; 
and Corso pled guilty to second-degree attempted criminal usury and was sentenced to time served with a conditional discharge and an asset forfeiture judgment in the amount of $1,827.
Beachguy February 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Loansharks and drug dealers are bloodsuckers. No two ways about it.
SurferBilly February 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Leonard, please. Nobody 'deserves' respect. Respect is earned. Yes, this guy is innocent until proven guilty - but that doesn't mean he has earned anyone's respect.
amynyc1 February 14, 2013 at 01:16 PM
My 6th grade grammar I am on a mac and have grammar and spell check on at all times . Is that the best you have ? To belittle me . Trust me I am educated , went to the best prep school in the country . I have a degree and own my own business . My life is satisfying . I hate to make assumptions but seems I have far surpassed yours . Thank-you Leonard I was very wrong about your position . I thought you were not being fair . I apologize .I will help you move the runway lol . Beach guy I have not been here for 2 days yet you are still talking about me . Thats good I got under your skin even more then I thought . I did not run away but rather took the higher rode . I don't have to be nasty and condescending like you . I find people like you to be very weak and volatile . Resourcing to behavior that is angry , and belittling only tells me you are not to bright . I would debate with you but you can only react by putting me down . Thats not a debate .It's your lack of playing nice with the other children .It only tells me you were rode hard and put up wet . Uneducated and a very disappointed man . You seem to be rather confused . You said ," If anything we should be saddened by the effect this will have on Mr. O Neils family. They are the ones who will suffer the most ! Those were my thoughts exactly . So I will post my original post again . That sent you on a rampage !
amynyc1 February 14, 2013 at 01:20 PM
There were no drugs involved , or confiscated at the residence of Mr.O'neil . For all the people that have fabricated stories , you should be ashamed . This wonderful man has done much for the community and for those of you that acted like friends , are not showing any support at all . Shut your mouths . When your kids went to his kids birthday parties you all went .Not a bad word uttered then except thank you for the great time .All the welcoming this family had done, was not an issue then . They invited you their community into their home you ate and drank without a problem . This is gratitude ? You fake people eating ,drinking ,freebies all the while coveting your neighbor . Think about the children and the rest of the family when casting large stones . Lets give them a break and a grace period . Real friends where are you now ? I never could stand the lot of you . Calling you out a spade is a spade . An ad on : P.S. I love you and will be your friend thru thick and thin , that's what friends are for .
Tracey Morgan February 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Again, the worst kept secret in Long Beach. And Amy, there were drugs involved, a lot of drugs over many years. Is this your idea of a good neighbor? Someone who profits off the weakness of others? Geez get your priorities straight.
joe shmoe February 14, 2013 at 07:15 PM
mike tagney has the gaul to make a statement. the man didnt do anything wrong. where was the lbpd after the storm? nassau county has to take over why are we paying lb cops??? please!! highway patrol, bullet proof vests etc.. lbpd doesnt even need guns!! biggest wate of $$ there is...
joe shmoe February 14, 2013 at 07:21 PM
no one had a problem when brian lent them generator shovels etc after the storm.. where was lbpd then??? lb residents didnt see a lb cop for weeks. commisioner tagney? why are we wasting $ on your force. nassau takes over everything that happens. how many lbpd was there for this arrest? stop kidding yourself>>$100k a year to drive around.. nice
joe shmoe February 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
an example of a joint effort? commisioner please stick to writing tickets for people riding there bike down boardwalk ramps and arresting parents for underage drinking parties.. your force couldnt indict a shoplifter!!!!
Beachguy February 14, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Amy: now you've hit me where it hurts. How did you know I was rode hard and put up wet? That's a deep family secret! You know how to hurt a guy.
Hamburger February 14, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Gonna have to screen grab this one - classic
Leonard Bauman February 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Have to agree LBPD is overpaid, lazy, and was not there for us during Hurricane Sandy or afterwards. Who was there for us was the Nassau County police force and the New York State Troopers. We as citizens, must take back City Hall or we will see Long Beach become a Freeport-- Sec. 8 and welfare wastrils supported by overtaxed taxpayers paying for wastrils to sit, collect their welfare checks and watch Jerry Springer all day.
Beachguy February 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Amy- if I don't get back to you it's because I'm out playing nice with the other children.
Tonto Hertzberg February 15, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Brian may or may no be a bad guy. We know for a FACT however that Lenny is a scumbag rat that should drop dead.
Beachguy February 15, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Big Ears- are you Amys guy? Maybe you to met wen she went two da. Best prep scool in da cantry. I herd she flnkd out afta a weak becuz she cldnt Lerner too spl.. Wwer youse rode hard and put up wet to? Or mayb youse hang out with mustard on minesoda street trying out those new mushrums. Is it tru that Annette and Amy hang with Amos and Andy nowadays? Too jive time dudes
toolittle February 15, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Patch, How about a follow up ? O'Neill is due back in County Court Feb. 13.
amynyc1 February 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Beach Guy There you go again belittling people . There is so much wrong with you I wouldn't even know where to begin . You are sic and twisted . What's with You ? You seem to be a person of grand illusions . If you are a teacher of the English language and elocution classes which memo did you skip ? That to me is scary the thought of you teaching anyone should be a crime . You have no manors and I can tell you come from fine stock . Unfortunately for you I could never make a silk purse from a sows ear ! I duly note you are the soul of this thread ! Yeah ok ! I'm crying now Honey Boo Boo . Why because you are so perfect . You have never done a bad thing or made any mistakes . I could learn so much from your judgement . See you in class tomorrow I will try oh wise one to win the spelling bee cuz ya kno Iwanna mak yu prowwd uve mi 🙈🙉🙊
Beachguy February 16, 2013 at 01:51 AM
AMY! I am not your Honey Boo Boo. Do you understand? And please stay away from my manors. They're private property and surrounded by moats anyway so you can't get in. Also better look at your spell check. I think it's sic.
Hamburger February 16, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Ha - most people have no manors
Beachguy February 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM
And they weren't rode hard and put up wet either.
amynyc1 February 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM
The Pirate Queen ," aint no mowntin hi enuf 2 keep me frum u ."
amynyc1 February 16, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I do believe in Karma ! When you wish people ill and harm it comes back at you . If you believe in God as I do then you would know you are never supposed to talk bad about anyone . It's a sin Judge no man less you yourself are ready to be be judged .My biggest faults are : I keep getting big fat FFFFFFFFFSSSSSS in spelling in Mr.Beachguys class .
jimmy walsh February 17, 2013 at 08:36 AM
hasnt Mr oneil been to prison before for selling drugs? he has been to prison twice and if found guilty he will be gone for a long time this is just a fact Amy. Also I have lived in west end for a long time he has never had a job so amy how does he make his money? and if you are going to tell me real estate how did he earn the money to buy it it was from drug sales and loan sharking. also this was not the first time his house was raided in this way so shame on him for not learning the first time and putting his family in harms way
jimmy walsh February 17, 2013 at 08:39 AM
and Tangney had nothing to do with this except direct traffic on beech street if he was in charge for the past 20 yrs mr oneil would never have been arrested ever because he is clueless. still no arrests in many of the shootings in the past yr and the 2 rapes unsolved keep your doors locked long beach.
Beachguy February 17, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Come on Jimmy, he's a nice guy. He asked Amy how she was doing. And LBPD never direct traffic on Beech St. It's too dangerous with the speeding cars
jimmy walsh February 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM
it was 5 am on a week day tangney could just about handle the 10 cars that passed by some just a bit more sober than him
1_Good_Guy February 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Jimmy Walsh hasnt Mr oneil been to prison before for selling drugs? OH YES HE HAS he has never had a job NOT ONE THAT IVE EVER SEEN shame on him for not learning the first time and putting his family in harms way BEST POST OF THIS WHOLE THREAD Stop crying a river. Fact are facts. Thanks for pointing them all out. THIS THREAD CAN COME TO AN END NOW!
Beachguy February 17, 2013 at 07:26 PM
No . He's still innocent until proven guilty. But those who know of him certainly don't say things about him that want me to have him living in our neighborhood.
Candygram for Mongo March 03, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Amynyc please make more comments
Bikerider March 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Any one that grew up in L.B. knows for a fact that brian sells weed, he started in school selling joints and for yrs on the corner with his crew the hartmans, joe boy. He went to jail a couple of times for short stays cause his a rat, he thru joe boy under the bus that`s why they don`t speak anymore. People think his a good guy cause he sells xmas tree`s and gives some of them for free, just a cover up to wash some money. If he is so on the up and up why isn`t anything in his name? He had lawyer Elovich to get him out of trouble for yrs you people have no clue what dirt bag brian is, he would cut your mother if she owed him money.
Bikerider March 29, 2013 at 02:55 PM
BTW long beach is full of them selling weed another one is billy palazzo, yes he has the brick laying work that he`s dad started but like brian always selling weed and plenty of it, he grew up with most of the cops in town all friends they all hung out in the bars down west smoking and drinking, that town is so dirty,you have a gold sheild det that killed someone when he was 19 in a after hr bar fight and now he is retired from a career on l.b. police. I could go on and on, been in this town since i was a kid and i`m 66 now. So don`t tell me about the b.s.

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