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.
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.