Former labor leader's son busted in drug sting
By WILLIAM J. GORTA and KIRSTEN FLEMING, NY Post
The son of imprisoned former labor leader Brian Mclaughlin was arrested in a major drug takedown in Northern Queens today, authorities said.
Robert McLaughlin, 26, of Astoria — whose father is serving 10 years for scamming everyone from local Little Leaguers to his own union members to the tune of $3.1 million — was one of 31 mid level drug dealers arrested after a two-year operation dubbed "Operation Bad Medicine," DA Richard Brown said.
He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and faces up nine years if convicted, authorities said.
Police raided eight residential locations throughout Whitestone, Astoria, Long Island City, Bayside and Forest Hills at 6 a.m., yesterday.
Investigators seized a veritable candy shop of high-end prescription painkillers, including xanax, hydrocodone, vicodin, ecstasy and percasets, cops said.
Police also recovered three loaded handguns, two cars, 18 pounds of marijuana and $11,350 in cash, cops said.
McLaughlin and the other suspects are expected to be arraigned tomorrow.