Ex-NYPD officer gets prison time for selling fentanyl pills that led to fatal LI overdose

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A former NYPD officer who sold fentanyl pills to a person who fatally overdosed on Long Island has been sentenced to prison, prosecutors said Monday.

Joseph Recca, 28, of West Islip, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy in February, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said.

A judge on Monday sentenced him to five years in prison, with two years of post-release supervision, the DA's office said.

"The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is aggressively investigating and prosecuting drug dealers, particularly those who are causing overdoses, and Joseph Recca is the latest example,” District Attorney Timothy Sini said in a statement. "Today, my Office and the Court held him responsible for the death he caused."

Recca, who joined the NYPD as an officer in 2017, resigned from the force last July after he was arrested on drug charges. Prosecutors said Recca sold fentanyl pills to a person who fatally overdosed in Copiague on Sept. 3, 2019.

The former NYPD officer not only worked with two other men to sell narcotics, but also used department technology to run the license plates of vehicles he thought might be tailing him while he sold them, prosecutors said.

Law enforcement officials who arrested Recca found approximately 100 pressed fentanyl pills marketed as oxycodone in his possession, prosecutors said. A search warrant executed at his home, meanwhile, turned up more than $10,000 in cash, the DA’s office said.