Investigation Division

17 Members of “Dub City” Gang Arrested: 10 Guns Seized
10 Leaders of “WTG” Gang Indicted: Murder Conspiracy Charged
Doctor Faces Homicide Charges for Overdose Deaths
Harlem Pharmacy Manager Arrested for Illegal Rx Sales
Chinatown Buses Used in Narcotics Trafficking Scheme
Major NYC Trafficker Tapped New England Demand for Illicit Rx Drugs
Lost Luggage Handler Snuck Drug-Filled Foods through JFK, Looted Baggage
Doctor Wrote Rxs to Phantom Patient: $150,000 in Cash and Gold Seized
Manhattan Physician’s Assistant and Attorney in Rx Drug Scheme
Correction Officer, Jailhouse Barber and Inmate Plot Armed Robbery
Two Multi-Million Dollar Heroin Mills Raided in the Bronx

Trial Division

Three Guns Seized in Police Crack-Down on Brownsville Drug Dealers
Chicago to New York Drug Trafficking Ring: Five Firearms Sold
Over 100 Pounds of Cocaine Seized Near Times Square
Bronx Couple Use Children in Heroin Sales
“Operation Dot Com” Targets Drug Sales on Craigslist
Eight Kilos of Cocaine Seized from Queens Stash House
Tire Shop Drug Hub in Canarsie
Over $20 Million in Heroin Seized from Queens Mill
Rice Krispie Treats Deliver More than Sugar High in East Village

Housing Development Cases

23 Drug Dealers Arrested in Upper West Side: Firearm Seized
32 Arrested at Cypress Hills Houses
Coney Island Arrests

 

Investigation Division

17 Members of “Dub City” Gang Arrested: 10 Guns Seized

17 Members of Dub City Gang Arrested 10 Guns Seized

Police seized 10 guns from the “Dub City” gang in the Bronx.

Seventeen members of the criminal gang “Dub City” were indicted in connection with a violent turf battle between two rival groups in the Bronx. The feud was triggered by the fatal shooting of Dub City member Dontae Murray, aka “Tay,” in April 2011. Members of Dub City, which operates between East 175th Street and East 177th Street from Walton Avenue to Jerome Avenue, engaged in at least 14 retaliatory shootings, two slashings and a baseball bat beating. Shootings, assaults, robberies, and drug and gun sales were the subject of four conspiracy charges in the indictment, unsealed in August. Gang members also faced 31 substantive charges for possessing and selling narcotics and weapons.

Dub City members made extensive use of social media, such as Facebook and YouTube, to coordinate criminal activity and to recruit new members to the gang, including minors. The Special Narcotics Gang Prosecution Unit and the NYPD’s 44th Precinct, with assistance from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, reviewed thousands of text messages in which Dub City members used coded language to communicate about shootings, gun and drug sales, and plots against members of enemy gangs “280” and “WTG.” Communal firearms were stored in various Dub City members’ homes and kept readily available for retaliatory shootings.

One leader’s family home served as a headquarters and stash house. Minors were also often used to hide weapons. The gang sold narcotics and committed robberies in order to make money to purchase firearms, jewelry and other goods.

10 Leaders of “WTG” Gang Indicted: Murder Conspiracy Charged

10 Leaders of WTG Gang Indicted - Murder Conspiracy Charged

Private security cameras captured members of the “WTG” gang in a shootout on a busy stretch of 171st Street and Jerome Avenue.

Ten leaders of a violent Bronx street gang “WTG” were indicted on six conspiracy charges for murder, assault, weapons possession and sales, narcotics possession, and 35 related substantive counts in December. Police seized six firearms during the investigation. The indictment includes Murder Conspiracy and Attempted Murder in connection with a near-fatal shooting of a member of rival gang “Dub City” on Sept. 21, 2011. The shootout was captured on private security cameras on a busy block. Seven shootings took place during the course of the conspiracy, which ran from January 2011 to November 2012.

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Firearm seized during WTG investigation.

The Special Narcotics Gang Prosecution Unit and the NYPD’s 44th Precinct’s Field Intelligence Sergeant conducted the investigation with assistance from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. WTG operated under a structured hierarchy, with the “Top Five” at WTG’s uppermost level of leadership and the “Big Homies” as a second tier of leadership. The gang made extensive use of social media and developed a distinctive “lingo,” or system of code words and phrases, to communicate with one another about their criminal activity in thousands of exchanges on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook messages and videos posted on YouTube served as a primary means of gang recruitment targeting minors. WTG leadership required prospective gang members to provide money for the purchase of communal firearms, or to provide an actual firearm, in order to gain admission to the gang. New gang members were then placed “under” a leader, to whom they answered. WTG maintained readily available, loaded communal firearms for use by members. Gang leaders directed minors aged 14 and 15 to possess, transport and store the guns in order to avoid the arrest or detection of adult gang members.

Doctor Faces Homicide Charges for Overdose Deaths
A physician who operated a pain management clinic in Flushing, Queens was arrested on a 219-count superseding indictment charging homicide and illegal sales of prescriptions for controlled substances to 20 patients. The indictment followed a two- year investigation by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Prescription Drug Investigation Unit, which presented evidence to a special grand jury over a six-month term.

Doctor Faces Homicide Charges for Overdose Deaths

Pain management doctor charged with manslaughter in overdose deaths of two patients of his Flushing, Queens clinic and illegal sales of prescriptions to 20 patients.

Stan Xuhui Li faces two counts of Manslaughter in the 2nd degree for recklessly causing the overdose deaths of two patients of his Flushing, Queens pain management clinic: Joseph Haeg, 37, and Nicholas Rappold, 21. Both died within days of receiving prescriptions for controlled substances from the doctor. Li failed to perform adequate examinations or verify patients’ reports of chronic pain, and ignored repeated warning signs of addiction.

Haeg’s body was found in his bedroom in East Moriches, Suffolk County on Dec. 29, 2009 after receiving 15 prescriptions for controlled substances from Li over the course of three months. Rappold was found dead in his parked car in Queens on Sept. 14, 2010. The car’s console contained a bottle of Xanax that identified Li as the prescriber. During the fve weeks leading to Rappold’s death, Li saw him three times and wrote prescriptions for more than 500 pills of controlled substances, including opioids and Xanax, a potentially high-risk combination.

A licensed physician certified in anesthesiology and pain management, Li maintained a full-time practice as an anesthesiologist at a hospital in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Li spent Saturdays operating Medical Pain Management in Flushing, where patients lined up on the sidewalk in the early morning and waited hours to see him.

The indictment also charges Li with three counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree for demonstrating depraved indifference to human life in connection with his treatment of three patients, and four counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree for recklessly creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another four patients. Two of these seven patients suffered fatal overdoses, although Li is not charged in these deaths.

Additionally, Li is charged with selling prescriptions other than in good faith in the course of his professional practice to 20 patients. At least eight non-fatal overdoses occurred among this group of 20 during the time they were seeing Li. A total of seven of the 20 patients ultimately died of prescription drug overdoses between January 2009 and December 2011, although the Manslaughter charges relate only to Haeg and Rappold.

Harlem Pharmacy Manager Arrested for Illegal Rx Sales
A manager of Broadway Pharmacy in Harlem was arrested for making backdoor buys of narcotic pain relievers and prescriptions in a health care fraud scheme. During the six- month investigation, Antonio Tavarez bought seven prescriptions for HIV/AIDS medications and drugs used for treating herpes and heartburn, from an undercover officer with New York City’s Human Resources Administration. The majority of these prescriptions carried three refills. During each sale, the undercover officer supplied Tavarez with a Medicaid benefits card. Tavarez did not dispense any medication during these transactions, which took place inside the pharmacy, yet the pharmacy billed Medicaid as if the prescriptions had been filled. On the day of his arrest in May, Tavarez purchased 360 pills of Percocet, an opioid painkiller, from the undercover.  He paid $100, with a promise of more money at a later date.

Chinatown Buses Used in Narcotics Trafficking Scheme
Three drug traffickers were arrested for transporting 19 kilos of cocaine and half a pound of methamphetamine in a bus operated by Golden Horse Tours in April. The bus had travelled from Houston to New York via Atlanta. DEA agents seized two suitcases and a purse containing cocaine and crystal meth from a couple seated in the passenger area. An additional bag containing cocaine and belonging to a third defendant had been stowed in a luggage compartment under the bus. These arrests were the third drug seizure in a year involving buses operated by Golden Horse.

Chinatown Buses Used in Narcotics Trafficking Scheme

Chinatown bus passengers transported 42 pounds of cocaine and half a pound of methamphetamine to New York.

Major NYC Trafficker Tapped New England Demand for Illicit Rx Drugs
Jose Garcia Acosta was indicted for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to transport large quantities of narcotic painkillers from New York City for sale in New England. A long-term investigation by Special Narcotics and the Drug Enforcement Task Force revealed that Acosta made two to three trips to New England each week to deliver shipments of anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 pills of oxycodone and oxymorphone.

Major NYC Trafficker Tapped New England Demand for Illicit Rx Drugs

A New York City drug trafficker transported between 2,000 and 5,000 pills of narcotic painkillers to New England each week.

Acosta obtained the pills from “bundlers,” who operate in open-air markets on certain blocks in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, paying approximately $16 each for pills that he would resell for twice that price in New England. New York State Police Troopers stopped Acosta’s vehicle on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester in May as he headed north to deliver a shipment. A search of a trap hidden in the rear seat of the vehicle yielded over 3,100 prescription pills, including 2,725 tablets of oxycodone, worth more than $110,000. Agents suspect the scheme netted Acosta millions of dollars each year.

This investigation relates to a case being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in which 14 individuals were arrested for the illegal distribution of more than 10,000 prescription pills per week in Upper Manhattan. The defendants engaged in hand-to-hand sales of prescription painkillers, including oxycodone and oxymorphone, at open- air drug markets. Many of these pills were bound for New England.

Lost Luggage Handler Snuck Drug-Filled Foods through JFK, Looted Baggage
Lost luggage handler Jose Guerrero was one of six individuals arrested in August for importing narcotics from Ecuador through privately-owned parcel delivery companies. A long-term wiretap investigation by Special Narcotics and Homeland Security Investigations revealed that kilograms of cocaine and heroin were concealed in empanadas, chocolate bars, cookies and other foods, and soaked into scuba diving diplomas. The packages of drug- flled foods and goods were transported to JFK International Airport on cargo planes and distributed to private parcel delivery companies across the Tri-state area. Guerrero or another member of the trafficking ring would then pick up the packages from the parcel delivery companies. Beyond the drug scheme, Guerrero was also charged in a grand larceny conspiracy for using his position as a lost luggage delivery driver to steal designer clothing and handbags, jewelry, laptops, iPads and other valuables from airline passengers’ bags. Passengers are estimated to have lost thousands of dollars in goods as a result of Guerrero’s scheme.

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Kilograms of cocaine and heroin were smuggled through JFK Airport concealed in empanadas, chocolate bars, cookies and other foods, and soaked into scuba diving diplomas

Doctor Wrote Rxs to Phantom Patient: $150,000 in Cash and Gold Seized
A physician was indicted for selling prescriptions for thousands of pills of oxycodone from a family medical practice he operated in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The majority of the charges in the 41-count indictment relate to prescriptions Shaikh Monirul Hasan wrote in the name of a woman who never visited the doctor, and who was unaware that prescriptions for a highly addictive narcotic painkiller were being flled in her name. Searches of Hasan’s offce, a safe deposit box and his home in Woodmere, New York at the time of his arrest in June yielded approximately $150,000 in cash and gold ingots. Data shows that Hasan prescribed a high volume of highly addictive opioid painkillers, in some cases writing up to 100 prescriptions for controlled substances in a single day.

During the investigation, investigators learned that Hasan had written 32 prescriptions for 3,840 oxycodone pills in the name of the woman. An undercover NYPD detective observed Hasan provide one of these prescriptions to a male patient and receive cash in exchange. Police determined that the woman had lost a college identifcation card in 2009, and that her name had been misspelled on the card. This misspelling was repeated on all the prescriptions that Hasan wrote in the woman’s name.

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Gold ingots seized a physician’s home in Woodmere, NY.

Manhattan Physician’s Assistant and Attorney in Rx Drug Scheme
Eric Schein, a physician’s assistant, and Perri Weissman, an attorney, were arrested in June for scheming to fill fraudulent prescriptions for Percocet, a narcotic painkiller. The two, who were engaged to be married at the time of their arrests, filled 163 prescriptions for Percocet from September 2010 to December 2011. At least 25 of these prescriptions were fraudulently presented to pharmacies. Schein worked at Mount Sinai Medical School in Manhattan, and later at a family practitioner’s office. Weissman, an attorney, was a Subpoena Compliance Officer for Duane Reade/Walgreens. The investigation revealed that Schein stole prescription pads from his places of employment and wrote out prescriptions to himself and to Weissman. The scheme unraveled when a staff at an Upper East Side pharmacy grew suspicious upon receiving one of Schein’s prescriptions and contacted the family practitioner whose name appeared on the prescription.

Correction Officer, Jailhouse Barber and Inmate Plot Armed Robbery
An inmate and a barber on Rikers Island teamed up with a New York State correction officer to plot an armed robbery of a drug stash house in June. The month-long investigation began when inmate Fabian Faulkner was recorded telling a former inmate about his involvement in a robbery crew that targeted drug dealers. The discussion took place on a Rikers Island phone and law enforcement officials soon became aware of it. Faulkner was tipped off to a drug stash house in the Inwood section of Manhattan that would be a good robbery target. Faulkner passed this information along to Melbourne Rowe, the Rikers Island barber, who in turn told Kirk Francis, the New York State correction officer. Unbeknownst to the trio, this stash house did not exist. Francis and Rowe were arrested  when they met near the location of the supposed stash house intending to rob it. Members of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force’s REDRUM Group seized two firearms. Agents learned that prior to working for the New York State Department of Corrections, Francis had been assigned to Rikers Island as a New York City corrections officer and that is how he’d met Rowe and Faulkner.

Two Multi-Million Dollar Heroin Mills Raided in the Bronx
Investigators arrested 11 heroin mill workers at two related drug packaging locations in the Bronx in September. The lucrative narcotics operation netted up to $1.5 million per week. Approximately 24,000 glassine envelopes of heroin stamped with various brand names, such as Hot Sauce, Cartier and Cristal, were seized from two apartments on Selwyn Avenue and Loring Place North. Several mill workers tried to launch themselves out the windows in unsuccessful escape attempts and one defendant hid under the bed during the raids. The investigation revealed that the same drug trafficking ring used both locations and pumped out approximately three kilos of heroin per week.

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Heroin seized from two packaging mills in the Bronx had been marketed under a variety of brand names.

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Apartment at 2287 Loring Place North housed heroin mill.

Trial Division

Three Guns Seized in Police Crack-Down on Brownsville Drug Dealers

Three Guns Seized in Police Crack-Down on Brownsville Drug Dealers

Guns and marijuana sealed inside Sour Patch candy wrapping seized from apartments at 1800 Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

The NYPD rounded up 14 loosely-affiliated drug traffickers for selling crack-cocaine in Brownsville, Brooklyn in February. In court authorized searches of two apartments at 1800 Pitkin Avenue, police seized three loaded handguns – a 9mm, a .380 caliber and a .40 caliber with a high capacity magazine – as well as approximately 200 zips of crack, $300 cash and marijuana sealed inside Sour Patch candy wrapping. These items were hidden in a safe inside an oven. The building at 1800 Pitkin gained notoriety in October 2011, when a gunman fired a hail of bullets from the roof and tragically killed a 34-year- old woman as she picked up her child after school. The woman was killed by a stray bullet. The 14 arrests were the culmination of a nine-month investigation, in which undercover officers made 69 purchases of crack-cocaine. The majority of the dealers were in their teens and early 20s.

Chicago to New York Drug Trafficking Ring: Five Firearms Sold
Four members of an interstate drug trafficking ring were indicted on charges related to a scheme to transport large quantities of heroin and cocaine from Chicago to New York City. NYPD detectives arrested the defendants in an apartment at 3333 Broadway in Harlem during a dramatic raid in April. As detectives worked to open the door of the apartment, a Chicago supplier who had travelled to New York just days earlier tossed a kilogram of heroin from a 13th floor window.

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Two members of an interstate drug trafficking  ring sold five firearms to an undercover NYPD detective

There were also signs that cocaine had been flushed down a sink and toilet. Twenty grams of cocaine were recovered from the apartment, as well as the kilogram of heroin, which police retrieved from the ground below the window. During the three-month NYPD investigation, an undercover officer bought cocaine and five firearms for a total of more than $19,000 from two New York defendants, Juan Honorio and Rafael Oliveras, during meetings inside the apartment.

Over 100 Pounds of Cocaine Seized Near Times Square

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New York State Police investigators picked off a group of drug traffickers one by one as they carted suitcases of cocaine out of a Times Square hotel.

Six drug traffickers were indicted in the seizure of 48 kilograms of cocaine in Midtown Manhattan in October. Three suitcases of drugs were intercepted at a concourse area inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square and in two vehicles that had departed from the hotel. Members of the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit observed two defendants load suitcases into a silver BMW and a livery cab in front of the Crowne Plaza. Searches of the vehicles yielded approximately 18 kilos (nearly 40 lbs.) of cocaine. The third suitcase, which was seized from an individual in a concourse area at the hotel, contained approximately 30 kilos (66 lbs.) of cocaine. Inside the hotel, investigators searched a room used by the drug ring and seized plane tickets, cell phones and drug packaging materials. An additional suspect escaped after leading investigators on a foot-chase through the Theater District. The livery cab driver was released without bail and fed to the Dominican Republic. He was subsequently found dead in an apparent homicide.

Bronx Couple Use Children in Heroin Sales
A husband and wife drug-dealing team who brought their kids along on heroin sales was arrested in the Bronx. Yvette Gonzalez, husband Richard Cedeno and three other men sold 1,120 glassine envelopes of heroin to an undercover NYPD offcer with Manhattan North Narcotics during four transactions in a month for $6,400. Three of the four drug sales involved the couple’s children. During the frst sale in late September, the undercover offcer was waiting for Gonzalez at a pre-arranged meeting place when the 11-year-old boy rode up on his bicycle and waved to his mother down the street. Gonzalez approached with two young girls, ages 4 and 6, in tow and handed the undercover offcer 20 glassines of heroin. During the fnal sale, Cedeno met with the undercover and brought along the boy and one of the young girls. Police arrested the couple at their apartment on East 134th Street and seized 130 glassines of heroin and $1,000 cash.

“Operation Dot Com” Targets Drug Sales on Craigslist
Advertisements for prescription drugs and illicit narcotics on the website Craigslist led the NYPD to arrest 21 defendants. Undercover police offcers made 60 drug purchases for $30,000, including approximately $19,000 in pills and $10,400 in cocaine. The defendants sold more than 1,000 prescription pills, including painkillers, amphetamines, sleep aids, anti-anxiety medication and drugs used in the treatment of opioid addiction. The officers also purchased heroin and ecstasy. Sales took place across Manhattan, including locations near Union Square and Washington Square Park. The defendants range in age from 22 to 62 and represent a broad spectrum of occupations, from student, teacher’s aide and human resource professional to dot com entrepreneur and celebrity photographer.

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One Craigslist posting advertised “Pain relief and anxiety help” from a “Friendly Nyu student.”

Eight Kilos of Cocaine Seized from Queens Stash House

 

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Members of a drug crew in Jackson Heights, Queens stashed drugs and money inside an oven, a shoe holder and a dresser with a false back.

Two drug traffickers were charged with the possessing over eight kilos (18 lbs.) of cocaine, $70,000 in cash and drug packaging material in June. Investigators with the New York State Police (NYSP) Special Investigations Unit observed one defendant haul a large plastic garbage bag from a Queens building and place it in a Chevy Envoy. Investigators stopped the vehicle and discovered tire tread, towels and plastic ties used to conceal kilos of drugs inside the plastic bag. A stop of a second individual yielded a small quantity of cocaine and keys to a ground-level apartment inside the house. Over six kilos (13.5 lbs.) of cocaine were found inside a hidden trap in a dresser with a false back. Another two kilos (4.5 lbs.) turned up in an oven and $68,000 cash in a bedroom. A second search of the Chevy Envoy yielded another half a pound of cocaine.

Tire Shop Drug Hub in Canarsie
Eight drug traffickers were arrested for selling illegal narcotics and prescription drugs in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Sales took place in and around a tire shop, Pito’s Flat Fix, located near the Breukelen Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex. One defendant is also charged with selling a frearm. The NYPD launched the investigation in response to complaints about an open-air drug market in the area. Hand-to-hand pill sales were so common a Google Street View image of the spot appears to show a drug transaction taking place in broad daylight. During the nine-month probe, the defendants made 45 sales of cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs for roughly $32,000.

Tire Shop Drug Hub in Canarsie

Pills were sold from the counter of a tire shop near the Breukelen Houses in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

Multiple sales took place inside the tire shop, where Henry Caceres and Thomas Venetar sold prescription drugs from behind the counter. Lobbies in two apartment buildings in the Breukelen Houses were also the scene of multiple drug sales.

Over $20 Million in Heroin Seized from Queens Mill
In one of the largest single heroin seizures in NYC in recent years, DEA agents and NYPD detectives with the Drug Enforcement Strike Force seized a load of 39 kilos (86 lbs.) of heroin worth over $20 million from a ground-floor apartment in Richmond Hill, Queens. The apartment served as a heroin mill, where the drug is processed and packaged for retail distribution.

One member of the heroin trafficking organization, Jose Sandiago Diaz, was arrested. Agents found packages of heroin on the floor and inside a duffel bag. Buckets of loose heroin also sat on a table, along with equipment for a makeshift assembly line, such as kilo presses, grinders and sifters. Prior to the September search, members of the Strike Force had spent several weeks conducting surveillance at the location. On the day of the seizure, agents observed individual wearing latex gloves open a window and detected a strong odor of heroin emanating from the apartment. Diaz exited the apartment and drove off in a vehicle, at which point agents stopped and questioned Diaz, and seized his key to the apartment. Diaz, an illegal alien who had previously been deported to the Dominican Republic, was detained. A K-9 dog confirmed the presence of heroin at the apartment prior to the search.

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DEA agents and NYPD detectives seized 86 pounds of heroin from a Queens mill where workers processed and packaged the drug for distribution.

Rice Krispie Treats Deliver More than Sugar High in East Village
NYPD detectives arrested two men in January in connection with a sale of marijuana-laced Rice Krispie’s Treats on East 14th Street. Detectives with Manhattan South Narcotics observed Ariel Herrera make an exchange with customer Logan Delfugeo in the back seat of Herrera’s 2011 Honda Accord. Delfugeo was arrested on the spot with the sweets inside his jacket.

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The key ingredient in these Rice Krispie’s Treats is the organic green butter.

Housing Development Cases

23 Drug Dealers Arrested in Upper West Side: Firearm Seized
Police arrested 23 drug traffickers in June after a yearlong investigation into crack- cocaine trafficking at the Douglass Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The NYPD launched the probe in response to community complaints about widespread drug dealing and related shootings and robberies. Drug sales took place inside halls, apartments and courtyards. One defendant, Steven Smith, was arrested in May and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawful Dealing with a Child in addition to drug crimes. Inside his apartment, detectives saw Smith crouched beside a bed where a five-month-old baby boy was laying and seized a loaded .45 caliber gun hidden between the bed frame and the mattress, as well as crack and marijuana. A second child was also in the apartment.

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A drug trafficker was charged with endangering the welfare of his child after police seized a .45 caliber gun from between a bed frame and mattress where the baby was laying.

32 Arrested at Cypress Hills Houses
Police arrested 32 individuals following an eight-month investigation into cocaine and heroin trafficking at the Cypress Hills Houses, a New York City Housing Authority residential complex in East New York, Brooklyn. The investigation came in response to community complaints and escalating gang violence in a dispute between Blood and Crip-related crews. NYPD offcers purchased narcotics on 27 occasions inside the lobbies, hallways, stairwells and elevators of the Cypress Hills Houses. The majority of the arrests took place in August, while one defendant, David Vasquez, was arrested a month earlier in connection with the July 2nd shooting of an innocent bystander. Vasquez was engaged in a shoot-out with a rival when two bullets he fired strayed and hit a woman in the leg and toe. That attempted murder case is being prosecuted by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Coney Island Arrests
Nine narcotics traffickers were charged with selling crack-cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana and morphine at the Coney Island Houses, a New York City Housing Authority residential complex, in April. The arrests came after a rash of fatal shootings in the area. The defendants belonged to two loosely organized crews that operated in close proximity to one another. The NYPD’s Brooklyn South Narcotics Major Case Unit made 48 undercover purchases of drugs over the course of 10 months. Many sales took place near a playground.

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