Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown alongside Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced Wednesday that 22 alleged drug dealers will be charged with selling drugs in New York City Housing Authority’s Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway.
Those in custody are charged with selling crack, powdered cocaine, heroin and marijuana to undercover police officers on more than 100 separate occasions over the past year. The defendants are charged with numerous counts of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Charges carry prison time ranging for five to 20 years in prison.
“Today’s arrests and indictments represent the culmination of a long-term investigation stemming from precipitous drug-based violence within the neighborhood of Far Rockaway. As alleged, these individuals engaged in narcotics distribution to the detriment of the residents of the Redfern Houses,” Bratton said in a press release issued Wednesday.
In addition to the arrests made, officers executed 12 court-authorized search warrants on 11 apartments and one motor vehicle. Police officers recovered heroine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills. A .45-caliber semi-automatic firearm and a .22-caliber-semi-automatic firearm were also found.
Residents of Redfern Houses charged with drug trafficking will be evicted from their homes under the 2005 Trespass Notice Program. Once the eviction process has concluded they will be forced to leave their apartments. Non-resident suspects arrested will be banned from New York City Housing Authority Property. If they return, they will be arrested.
“The quality of life of the residents of Far Rockaway has always been among my chief concerns as District Attorney,” Brown said in a press release issued Wednesday. “These arrests should put another dent in the drug trafficking and drug-related violence, which has long plagued the residents of Far Rockaway.”