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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.
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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