Dozens Arrested In Major Undercover Drug Sweep In Jamaica

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of people were arrested Thursday in a major drug sweep following a five-month undercover investigation at two Queens housing complexes.

Residents of the Baisley Park Housing Development and Rochdale Village – both located in Jamaica, Queens — were sick and tired of drug pushers turning their hallways and playgrounds into a narcotics marketplace. They decided to put an end to it and called police.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly who says 33 of the drug buys were within 1,000 feet of public schools 

“The vast majority of the residents of these two housing complexes are decent, hard working citizens who have been virtually held hostage by the gangster lifestyle,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a press release.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said 14 people have been indicted and 48 others arrested in the large-scale undercover operation. The defendants, ages 16 to 62, are charged with selling powdered and crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, oxycodone, ecstasy and BZP (benzylpiperzine) to undercover police officers on hundreds of separate occasions.

“Over the course of the last five months, three undercover officers purchased a total of $107,000 worth of drugs – that’s just three undercovers engaged in approximately 200 separate purchases,” Kelly said.

Ten of the defendants are accused of selling drugs near a drug-free school zone.

“These included sales in the vicinity of three public schools: I.S. 72 on Guy Brewer Boulevard, P.S. 123, and John Adams High School Annex,” Kelly said.

During the investigation, police seized 60 pounds of marijuana, more than four ounces of cocaine and other narcotics, about $30,000 in cash and seven guns. Six cars were also seized for forfeiture.

Charges include criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon.

“The vast majority of the residents of these two housing complexes are decent, hard working citizens who have been virtually held hostage by the gangster lifestyle,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a press release.

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  1. Bob Fobuttapples says:

    Uh-oh! Gotta find a new place to buy weed for awhile.

    1. juan pena says:

      No need to find a new place to buy weed. That very afternoon, right after the bust, all you had to do was go to my bldg in Rochdale, walk up the stairs, and inhale.

  2. DP says:

    Great job NYPD..lock up the low life losers and let the folks who live in these areas enjoy life.

  3. BigEZ says:

    Fly me to the moon
    And let me play among the stars
    Let me see what spring is like
    On Jupiter and Mars

    Fill my heart with song
    And let me sing forevermore
    You are all I long for
    All I worship and adore

    1. BigEZ says:

      I never did like Dean Martin!

  4. BigEZ says:

    The need to legalize drugs, prostitution and bookmaking. This will cripple the gangs and organized crime. And make for a much happier America🙂

  5. Get Real says:

    Legalize it and those 7 guns and playground drug deals would end that very day. We wouldn’t have had to pay a team of cops 5 months pay and OT, we wouldn’t have to pay DAs and judges to now get into these cases for the next several years. The cops could be fighting violent crime. New drug dealers will just take the place of these guys. The drug war is a huge, ineffective waste.

    1. BigEZ says:

      True – but the war on drugs makes a lot of money for those who are fighting it.

  6. Devenio says:

    Me thinks someone is off their meds…. must not be easy.

  7. BigEZ says:

    Dammit! This is probably gonna cause street prices to rise again. Arrgh, I can barely afford my dope at current rates. Stupid NYPD.

  8. BigEZ says:

    During the investigation, police seized 60 pounds of marijuana, more than four ounces of cocaine and other narcotics, about $30,000 in cash and seven guns. Six cars were also seized for forfeiture.

    While in actuality, there was 90 pounds of marijuana, 8 ounces of cocaine and about $75,000 in cash found at the scene. Police cannot account for the discrepancy, only to say that sometimes these things happen and maybe it was taken by extraterrestrials.

    1. lightforce100 says:

      You Know its true because NYPD spent 105K on the drugs plus whatever the dealers sold to everyone else. Where is the rest of the money??????

  9. BigEZ says:

    Great work

    1. BigEZ says:

      I don’t agree bigez there will just be another gang in there place.

      1. BigEZ says:

        You know what bigez your right, you da man! Maybe you should run for mayor?

      2. BigEZ says:

        Yo my man. BigEZ don’t play that. Step off!

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