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Former NYPD officer, wife accused of dealing painkillers from their Long Island house


Kenneth Riggio, 59, and his wife, Faith Riggio, 53. (Nassau County Police Department)

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.

Their lawyer, Michael Dergarabedian, told Newsday that Riggio has prescriptions for the painkillers and the cash might have come from a recent personal injury settlement.