51 charged in drug sweep at Queens housing developments


An undercover drug investigation at two western Queens housing developments has led to the indictment of 28 men and women for selling narcotics, and the arrest of 23 others, announced District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Authorities have 15 of the indicted individuals in custody and are still seeking 13 more.

Ranging in age from 18 to 57, the defendants are accused of peddling heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, methamphetamine and marijuana to undercover cops on hundreds of separate occasions over an eight-month period between 2012 and 2013 in and around the New York City Housing Authority’s Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City and the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria, said the district attorney’s office.

“These arrests are just the latest results of a coordinated law enforcement and prosecutorial anti-drug initiative that began soon after I took office more than twenty years ago. Since that time, we have targeted hundreds of drug dealers in public housing developments throughout Queens and in private housing developments like Lefrak City and have put a significant dent in the drug trafficking which has long troubled the residents of these developments. We will continue to work together with our police officers and our elected officials and community leaders to keep our citizens safe,” said Brown.