W. Nyack Home Raided, Man Faces Drug Charges

D.A.: More than $2,000 worth of prescription drugs seized

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.

Marie August 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Joey, what is a pain management clinic? Is this seriously legally allowed?
Joey Fastone August 20, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Watch The Oxycontin Express on you tube. It will blow your mind about the trafficking of pain pills from Fla. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEA5GBRRSVA&feature=channel&list=UL
Pat August 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I certainly would not call for decriminalizing narcotics. My point is simply that all these special units in RC were involved in this arrest and it really wasn't that big of a deal in terms of charges. I would hope the task force would involve themselves in a operation where someone was driving back and forth to Florida on a regular basis and bringing back a baggies full of oxycontins but they do not seem capable of anything like that.
Joey Fastone August 22, 2012 at 03:19 AM
The drug laws are a violation of ones rights and privacy. You can smoke cigarettes and alcohol, both of which are classified as poison. They are a leading cause of death as are pharmaceuticals prescribed by doctors. That's a fact. Marijuana was legal, but now its a just a cash cow for the so called legal system because they are an easy target. Hemp and marijuana saves lives and can save this country. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Jack_Herer_-_The_Emperor_Wears_No_Clothes.pdf
Dave H March 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM
What ever happened with this case?


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »