Nineteen people have been charged with selling crack cocaine in the lobbies, hallways, elevators and even playgrounds of an East Harlem public housing complex.
A crack from the basement to the roof prompted the evacuation of a Brooklyn apartment building Monday afternoon.
The charges were announced by District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Police confiscated a stash of drugs, guns and cash in a bust this week in Sunnyside, Queens.
Vincent Heilig, 30, of Ronkonkoma, was arrested Wednesday for six home burglaries. Police later determined Heilig was responsible for four other home burglaries in Ronkonkoma and Medford.
Officials say the crew’s ringleader, Anibal Ramos, and another member, Anibal Soto, were accused in a July indictment with torturing a kidnapping victim with an iron. The case now has a total of 10 defendants.
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Police said Ronny Lacaliano was caught thanks to the new intelligence-driven policing policy. They allege Lacaliano robbed 19 places to feed a crack addiction.