Ex-NYPD officer arrested for selling heroin

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A former New York City police officer has been arrested for his involvement in a drug trafficking ring out of Staten Island.

28-year-old Steven Lanigan was arrested along with 45-year-old ring leader Anthony Olsovi and six others. Olsovi was accused of selling $20,000 worth of heroin to undercover cops. The investigation was called "Southern Comfort" and used 16 different undercover drug exchanges -- as well as wiretaps and surveillance -- to make their case.

According to the New York Daily News, it's unknown as of now how long Lanigan was in the force and when he left. He is reportedly the son of Gary Lanigan, the commissioner of the New Jersey Correction Department.

Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said in a statement:

This investigation resulted in a large amount of heroin being taken off the street - and at a time when too many lives have already been lost to the disease of addiction illness, it is vital to our mission that we do all we can to keep dealers from preying on the vulnerable.

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