Ex-NYPD cop busted for dealing drugs in Nassau County
He couldn’t cut it as an NYPD cop — or as a criminal.
A Nassau County man who was canned after less than a year on the force in the 1980s was busted Tuesday for dealing pills, heroin and cocaine out of his house, police said.
Cops were tipped to Kenneth Riggio’s North Merrick operation from residents who reported “cars coming and going all day long” to the home located across the street from a school, according to Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
The NYPD confirmed Riggio was dismissed after less than a year walking the beat from August of 1985 to July 1986. But officials wouldn’t say what precinct he worked at or why he was fired.
County authorities say Riggio has a lengthy rap sheet that includes at leas one DWI arrest and was on probation, making it easy for them to set up a surprise house inspection Tuesday evening. When cops arrived, there were drugs out in the open.
Police seized nearly $150,000 in cash, thousands more in uncashed cashiers checks, a half-ounce of coke and another half-ounce of heroin, as well as 200 oxycontin pills and some Xanax. Drug dealing supplies, including scales and envelopes, were also seized.
Riggio, who is unemployed, is facing a slew of drug possession and dealing charges, as well as illegal possession of a weapon.
His wife, Faith Riggio, 53, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.