Undercover drug bust, opioid epidemic in northeast Queens and 8 more popular stories this week

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Though summer is coming to an end, it has been an eventful week in our borough.

A year-long undercover operation at the Astoria Houses has resulted in 11 arrests. The defendants, some of whom are purported gang members, sold cops heroin, crack, cocaine, weapons and other drugs a total of 98 times.

Drug use is also a problem in northeast Queens, specifically Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck. According to an expert who works at a nonprofit that helps people with drug and alcohol abuse, compared to other Queens neighborhoods, these areas are hit hardest by overdose.

A 9-month-old boy was found dead in his Glendale home while a motorcyclist died in a collision on the Cross Island Parkway.

In other news, a Flushing family’s food truck is one of the four finalists for a prestigious Vendy Award and a  controversial layover point of the Q34 bus in Whitestone is moving.

Here are the top 10 stories in Queens:

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