Saturday, May 17, 2008

Drug sweep at Woodside Houses

Drug Raid in Queens
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Prosecutors have charged 41 people, including several members of the Crips street gang, with selling crack and other crimes at a Queens housing project.

The Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced the charges against the suspects, mostly men in their late teens or early 20s, on Friday.

During a six-month investigation, undercover officers made 150 purchases of crack, powder cocaine, heroin and marijuana at the Woodside Houses, the authorities said. The complex has 20 buildings with more than 3,400 residents.

Mr. Kelly said the operation “nipped in the bud the emergence of the drug dealers who were peppered throughout the Woodside development.”

Raids resulted in seizures of drugs, cash, guns, bulletproof vests and handcuffs, the authorities said.
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Cops cheered in Queens bust
By Jonathan Lemire

Saturday, May 17th 2008, 4:00 AM

Undercover cops have smashed a coalition of drug gangs that terrorized a Queens housing project - to the delight of residents who cheered police when they busted the dealers, authorities said Friday.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the small drug crews, which respected each others' turf within the Woodside Houses, sold more than $250,000 a year of cocaine, crack and marijuana.

"This operation nipped in the bud the emergence of drug dealers who were peppered throughout the Woodside development," said Kelly, standing alongside Queens District Attorney Richard Brown to announce the bust. Undercover officers made nearly 150 small drug buys to painstakingly build their case after surveillance began last November, officials said.

One cop was also able to buy a 9-mm. semiautomatic handgun for $300.

Thirty-six dealers have been arrested, while another five are being sought by authorities, police said. Eight of those in custody are suspected members of the Crips gang, Brown said.

"When the arrests were made, people came out of their apartments in the Woodside Houses and literally applauded the cops," Brown said.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea...sure...

Look, I live a block from the Woodside Houses and guess what? The dealers are still selling at the corner.

Just last night I found wrappers from a blunt in my stairwell under the stoop. Every night the boys come out about eleven, and for an hour its party time.

Anonymous said...

Hey, we must be neighbors. Still waiting for them to clean the 'Latin Kings' scrawl on a number of buildings on the block.

But .. since the buildings are no longer owner occupied, and filled with immigrants, no one will remove it.

The lettering will go only after they fade in about or, say, 10 or 20 years.

Anonymous said...

CB1, the community board from Hell.

Anonymous said...

Fight Tennis Bubbles in Astoria Park! Fight UPS Trucks on Empty Streets! Fight for A Park Next to a Sewage Treatment Plant!

Ah, those pols in Astoria know the important things in life.

In such a frenzy of eyepopping topics, little things like their community becoming a slum can be ignored.

Anonymous said...

In such a frenzy of eyepopping topics, little things like their community becoming a slum can be ignored.
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Muzzled community activists, newspaper, community board, are all ok if the machine maintains a firm grip, programs are running, and landlords skim rents.

In the long term we are all dead, so what's your beef?

Anonymous said...

I have lived my entire life in a large private development 1 block from the projects.

From the early 1970's Woodside Housing has been the scurge of the neighborhood.

What goes on in & around the projects has ruined an otherwise great neighborhood. The criminal element store their guns & drugs in the mailboxes.

They need to place a satellite police station in there with enough patrol officers to keep law & order there.

Anonymous said...

maybe if they legalized drugs this would not happen.

Anonymous said...

FUCK the POLICE!!!!..woodside is a small projects..have something better 2 do LOSERS!!!..FREE MY BOO..the police make it hard for us to make a honest living!!!

Anonymous said...

I'M FROM WOODSIDE AND I REALLY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THE FOLLOWING WENT DOWN. THERE IS NOT THAT MUCH MONEY THERE. THE COPS MIGHT THINK THEY'VE DONE SOMETHING BIG BUT TRUST AND BELIEVE THE BEAT GOES ON IN THE WOODS!! WORK A LITTLE HARDER NYPD BECAUSE YOU DID NOT HIT A HOME RUN AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THE MAIN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU

Taxpayer said...

These drug and gun sales didn't start just recently.

So, what delayed the police from enforcing the law long ago?

Bloomberg doesn't care if minorities kill each other; who'll miss them?

Look at this project as a prospective land deal. When the location is "blighted" enough, the city can use eminent domain, give the land to favored developers, and, away we go!
Great word, "Blighted". It's the money word.

Look at the longtime deliberate neglect of Willets Point. Now look at Woodside Houses.

Any difference? Same deliberate, depraved neglect. Same plan to take the land.

There's big money in neglect!

Anonymous said...

WHAT THE POLICE DID WAS WRONG!!
ALL THESE YOUNG BOYS WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE MONEY.IT'S NOT LIKE THEY WHERE FORCING PEOPLE TO SMOKE THE DRUGS.WHAT ABOUT THE ONES WHO SMOKE IT THEY'RE STILL RUNNING AROUND THIS HOUSING AREA LOOKIN FOR CRACK. WHAT ARE THE POLICE GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT? HAVE A BUST FOR CRACK HEADS? MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO COMPLAINED WAS ELDERLY AND MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE ARE MIDDLE AGES AND THERE ARE ALOT OF TEENS N YOUNG CHILDREN. SO THE ELDERLY ARE GOING TO FEEL UNCOMFORTABLY IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND SHOULD LIVE IN A SENIOR CITIZEN BUILDING.

Anonymous said...

You are just too stupid for words. Have you ever heard of getting a JOB!Why should someone be forced to live in fear because you refuse to work!

Anonymous said...

All The Police have to do is Catch
Phill, Titus, Diggs, but Most Importantly They Should Catch Kendu
Aka (the Prinz From Blackhand)
He is the Head of The whole Drug operation. All the other guys Work for him. But they are scared to rat him out.

Take it from someone who Knows!
But i'll remain anonymous.

Anonymous said...

oyooooo fuck you police and government!!!! u r the most corrupted people in earth...u swear that you got something big but guess what? the people that work wit the police and the government are selling ten times the drugs that these young guys were selling why dont they do anything about that? people actually lost theyre life because of this. i think the criminals here are the fucking police!!!! and how the hell do you kno these guys were selling 250,000 a year when this operation only started november? stob being such fucking liars and speak the truth these young men dont deserve this the time the corrup government deserves it and more!!!!

Anonymous said...

I won't stay anonymous. My name is Reese and I've been living in Woodside for 16 years. Our community is a great community and can become greater if we could just remember to stick together and not allow our enemies to infiltrate us.
To me, it seems that the police has done more harm to us than help us here in Woodside. For them, there's an underlying agenda drive us out of Woodside when most likely they have something to do with the drugs and guns coming in.
Woodside is predominantly Black/Native Americans and the government does not want us here anymore so they are using excuses and lies such as heavy drug dealing and huge incomes being made by young men from these criminal activites. Here in Woodside we get charge with bogus crimes that the average citizen does not. Charges such as trespassing and loitering even though we live in the building.
Around here, several young black men were even forced out of school by prejudice Deans who call the police on them for any small thing they do! Many times they are arrested because the police are fearful.
These young men cannot simply hang out with their friends without being harrassed and accused of doing something criminal. Of course there may be one bad apple in a bunch. That is the case anywhere. But anytime anything that happens in Northern Queens, Woodside Houses is always targeted and it is our innocent youth who are suffering the consequences

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Anonymous said...

YEA SURE..NOBODY CAME OUT THEIR APARTMENTS CLAPPING.WHAT YALL NEED TO DO IS DO A CRACK HEAD SWEEP..AS LONG AS ITS CRACKHEADS IT WILL BE DRUG DEALERS.YOU DID ALL THAT WORK FOR NO REASON CUZ AT THE END OF THE DAY YALL HAD NOOOO EVIDENCE THAT CAN STICK OH YEA & YES THEE HOMIES WILL B HOME REAL SOON.. AYOOO CEE CRIP UP ALLL DAY..LMAO

Anonymous said...

I know this comment is late because this drug bust happenend like 8 months ago but this still needs to be said!!! All ya'll that could say that drug dealers need to be set free in the neighborhood and the drug users need to be picked up need to be slapped into some kind of sense. What about saying that all that have to do with these issues needs to be put away and learn the lesson that they need to learn. I work for what I have and what I want. A drug dealer needs to do the same. just like they want everything fast, I do too but common sense tells you in order to stay out of jail or being killed for some stupidness, you need to make money the legal way. Stop being lazy and trying to make a stupid way of living life and making money be valid. I don't know about you but my life deserves the best and that is not living around drugs and guns. Let's get some education and handle ourselves like we got some sense!!!!!

Anonymous said...

niggas need 2 get off my man doughboy dick,stop popin shit like yall killas,stop buyin dem blue flags from da dolla store n yall dont put in no work,step ya game up n get some money LAMES.

Anonymous said...

dudes need stop that tuff talk, dem kids in woodside get blue flags from da dolla store n think there gang members yall need 2 keep my man name out ur mouth be4 i show woodside ur true colors LAMES.

Anonymous said...

If the police do not want drug dealers in the neighborhoods how about they open a rehab center in the neighborhoods, because as long as there are drug addicts looking for drugs there will be drug dealers. Arrest after arrest does not solve anything as you can see from over the years. So the nypd should try something diferent. Also for the person who said that someone should be slapped in the face, you shouldn't judge anyone becaus you dont know the life they lived and maybe thats the best solution for them. Anyways Tyrone you will be home soon the Princess loves you.

Anonymous said...

All these people who say F the piolice or that the drugs aren't that bad in Woodside are all LOSERS. BUMS AND LOSERS who aren't men enough to work or get a job. Funny how these same punks run like roaches when the cops come by. It's funny how these so called men bang each other in prison. All you punks know how to do is make babies you don't want and RUIN neighborhoods. GET A JOB LIKE A REAL MAN....BOYS.

Anonymous said...

By the way the "princess" that commented on March 19, 2009..... "Anyways Tyrone you will be home soon the Princess loves you" is connected to the following...... Tyrone Williams,* 18, of 35-20 21st Street in Queens, is charged with five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a
controlled substance, one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near school grounds and one count of
third-degree criminal sale of a firearm. Very nice girl..YEAH RIGHT...SSSure. Must miss Tyrome's drug money.


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Anonymous said...

The following info is for the honest, hard working, ethical people in Woodside who want to know what the neighbors were found with. Go to the follwing web site. You"ll see who was arrested and for what.

http://www.queensda.org/newpressreleases/2008/may/woodside%20houses_05_14_2008_ind.pdf

From Rorschach

hunter college said...

For Christ sakes, there is a elementary and a high school across the street from the woodside houses. we need to educate the area in order for them to get out of this poverty!

Anonymous said...

I by some of the comments on this page: Entitlement, greed, selfishness and lack of personal responsibility.

Anonymous said...

This shit goes on all over the world and no sooner will one lot get busted, a new lot will move in.

http://fireatdrugdealers.blogspot.com/

C_Down-CryptKillah said...

Some of them mofo's got bagged up
cause they just got out of hand
they haven't bagged up the rest of them.
Ya need to get that ObservTower back
and an ESU truck chillin ova by OS
Woodside be off the meat rack kid...

REFORMISLAMNOW said...

I've lived in WOODSIDE my whole life. IT IS PRACTICALLY SUBURBAN. Those god damn housing projects are a disgrace and a blemish on our neighborhood. I wish I could nuke that god damn hellhole and relocate all of the decent people there. Drug dealers should be slaughtered unmercifully. My neighborhood is beyond beautiful and safe. Those animals don't venture out of their "hood" because they know they'll be lynched.

Anonymous said...

WOODSIDE IS A HORRIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD AND I LIVE HERE...AS MUCH AS PPL SAY ITS NICE ITS TO MUCH DRUG ACTIVITY GOIN ON IN THER THEY REALLY DIDNT GET EVERYONE THEY NEED TO LOOK AT THE DUMB ASS FEMALES WHO IS DOWN WITH IT AS WELL, CAUSE THES YOUNG GIRLS GET APARTMENTS IN THESE PROJECTS AND LET THEIR DUMB STUPID ASS BOYFRIENDS COME AND MAKE THEIR HOME WHICH IS SUPOSE TO BE 4 THEM AND THEIR KIDS..THEY NEED TO GET TINA AND HER CLICK..AND I HEAR OF SOME LITTLE DUDE CALLED"DIME" WHO LIVES IN 31-07 49TH STREET #1A SELLS TONS OF CRACK.. I THINK THEY NEED TO DO ANOTHER BUST AND CATCH THE REST OF THEM...

Anonymous said...

woodside still have drug bust goin on still they havnt caught them all....3107 49th street 1D....or 4C..its that little ass nigga dimebag..its only one in woodside...tehehehehe...

Anonymous said...

Don't expect much from Woodside animals.

Anonymous said...

My father moved (as a child) to a brand new house in woodside in 1924...he remembers goats grazing near 58th Street.

Anonymous said...

i Used to live there,for a few years, went to college, then finally moved in 2009 to another state for a job. but lived there off and on. While I am sure there are some decent people there, and I know quite a few of them, people with families, single mother or married, that place is a rotting cesspool. Though from what I remember last, you no longer see crack vials, empty nickelbag containers strewn around on the stairs or roofs. BUt you do see cigar contents (blunts) and various other crap, the halls always smell like piss, and excrement(that is shit for the uneducated). I rarely had any direct run ins with anyone but then again being over 6'2" built and white and walking with purpose, most of these trollops and degenerates thought I was a cop. Safe to say it was funny in retrospect to observe their behavior when you walk past a group of these animals only to have them go all silent. lawlz were had by me and my friends. But it was obvious that despite all the hush hush, that drugs were dealt, money were exchanging hands, you could tell by the body language, and the grouping of key individuals. truly sad state of events in that neighborhood. All in all, that place is a haven for drugs, prostitution, gang activity. the list goes on! I don't ever see these projects improving, let alone to a point where you don't have to worry about hearing some gun fire in the night because some drug deal went bad, or someone owed ray ray, and coohi bear, or leeroy money or goods. In the wise words of Sgt hicks "Nuke the entire site from orbit--it’s the only way to be sure" Shame that the decent people that DO live there are surrounded by that crap. I hope the NYPD still has a heavy presence there and continues the strangle hold on that neighborhood until the human garbage is pushed out. but that is only a hope, reality doesn't always fit snuggly in that ideal.

Anonymous said...

Now I believe they have cameras in there,they are coming on my block,this girl a few houses down frm me is a heroin addict CI so her dirty cop protects her,nothing me and the neighbors can do we just get harassed and threatened going on 2 yrs at least. Police won't even take reports frm is,they just say go back in your house,don't talk to each other,you have no proof then when their is video proof of drug deals n harassment the cops said what r u neighborhood watch,mind ur business. I know for a fact the cop has lied on a police report and is dirty protecting his CI. Nothing any of us can do,we're all prepared to get harassed this summer because that is when these pple are at their worst and thanks 2 a dirty cop or 2( I know their names) they do whatever they want,laugh at us,physically assaulted my 1 neighbor as well as myself another time (even though I got arrested even though there was a witness) who according to police I guess doesn't exist cas they refused to take his statement or mention him in the report