An ex-NYPD cop who has built up a criminal history and his teachnig assistant wife ran an oxycodone-dealing operation out of their suburban Long Island home, authorities said.
Kenneth Riggio, 59, and his wife Faith Riggio, 53, had a stash of more than 200 oxycodone pills, along with Xanax, cocaine, heroin, and more than $146,000 in cash in their North Merrick home, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Thursday.
“This guy is across the street from a school, a daycare center, selling oxy out of his residence,” he said.
Police also found an $85,000 cashier’s check, a switchblade, scales and envelopes when they visited him during a probation visit spurred by community complaints Tuesday, Ryan said.
Riggio, who left the NYPD in 1985 after about four years on the job, has a criminal record that includes arrests on drug, drunk driving and assault charges, Ryder said.
His wife, a teacher’s assistant for the North Merrick school district, has no criminal record.
Both were arraigned Thursday morning. Kenneth Riggio was ordered held on $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash bail, while his wife’s bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash.