Cops Allege Long Islanders Traded Frozen Shrimp for Drugs

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Police arrested four Calverton, Long Island, residents who’ve allegedly stolen more than $2,400-worth of frozen shrimp from a few King Kullen supermarkets during the last two months. Bags of individually quick frozen shrimp were recovered from a freezer at Tai Yu Chinese Restaurant in Mastic Beach last week after police served the premises, and it turns out the gang was selling seafood by the piece for drug money. Drugs, frozen shrimp, and a hypodermic needle were recovered from the gang’s car; the restaurant’s owner was also arrested and slapped with a sanitary code violation for selling unauthorized product. Xue Chai Li reportedly knew his connections were strung out, but authorities do not believe he was doing drugs himself. Rather, police say, his motives were purely shellfish.

5 charged in stolen-shrimp-for-drugs ring