Nassau County Police are turning to a mapping system to aid their fight against drug dealing and overdoses.

Sonia Rincon

Mapping System Will Help Nassau Cops Bust Drug Dealers, Prevent Overdoses

March 01, 2018 - 2:17 pm

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Officials on Long Island are mapping drug use and related crimes to improve enforcement and prevent overdoses.

The county has just started using them, but already the data maps have helped authorities pinpoint overdose and drug use hotspots. They're often in areas that see a lot of car break-ins, like the Massapequa train station.

"They're opening up cars that are unlocked at night. So by overlapping with the mapping we're both approaching it from the criminal aspect and again from the treatment side, and hoping that we can bring both of them down at the same time," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

Ryder said the idea is to get drug dealers caught and prosecuted, and find help for addicts.

"There is no soft approach to this. It's an educated approach. It's a treatment approach," he said.

They're passing out fliers listing some of the warning signs of addiction and reminding commuters to lock their cars and keep valuable out of site.