2018-08-15 / Front Page

22 Charged In Queensbridge Drug, Gun Bust

By Liz Goff
A team of Queens North Narcotics cops and investigators from the Queens District Attorney’s Narcotics Investigation Bureau arrested 22 suspected drug dealers on August 7, in a sweeping drug bust at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City.

The arrests culminate an 11-month investigation during which the suspects peddled crack, heroin and marijuana out of their apartments, NYPD Dep. Inspector Don Boller said. Boiler, who heads Queens North Narcotics, said there was an uptick in shootings, including one murder, in Queensbridge in 2017, compared with no shootings the year before. “People were coming and going, buying narcotics, so we targeted people who were selling narcotics,” Boller said.

The investigation began in September 2017 and included extensive physical surveillance and undercover police officers posing as narcotics customers, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Twenty-two individuals were charged with the sale and possession of narcotics as a result of the investigation. Eleven of the 22 suspects have been charged with drug possession, nine were charged with selling drugs and two are facing charges for weapons possession. A total of four handguns were seized during the course of the investigation, Brown said.

“We are committed to continue to employ aggressive and innovative tactics to track down and prosecute drug dealers and other criminals who seek to terrorize our communities,” Brown said. “It is imperative that we stop those who would flood our streets with drugs and lure our children into lives of crime.”

“The people who live and work in all of our neighborhoods deserve to be safe from drug-dealing and its associated violence,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil said. “I thank the Queens District Attorney’s Office ad especially commend the NYPD cops who put themselves directly in harm’s way for seeing this important investigation through to a successful conclusion.”

The Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the nation, consists of 96 six-story brick residential buildings bordered by 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard and 40th Avenue and the Queensborough Bridge in Long Island City. The 3,142-unit development houses approximately 6,907 people, authorities said.

The NYPD PSA9 (Public Service Area) Housing Satellite polices Queensbridge with support and supervision from the 114th Precinct. The precinct oversees police response and activities at four major public housing developments located within the command including Queensbridge, the Astoria Houses, the Ravenswood Houses and the Woodside Houses.

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