16 Arrested In Projects
District Attorney Brown said, "During the last few days, police officers and detectives assigned to the Queens South Narcotics District executed a series of seven search warrants for locations in the Redfern and Edgemere houses obtained by assistant district attorneys in my Narcotics Investigation Bureau. Among the contraband seized by the police during the execution of the warrants were a .32 calibre revolver, 90 rounds of ammunition, an aggregate ½ kilo of cocaine and $2277 in cash."
District Attorney Brown said, These arrests come on the heels of several long-term investigations into narcotics dealing at other housing developments including: Lefrak City, the Edgemere houses, the Forties houses and the Baisley Park houses. The latest initiative coupled with prior lengthy investigations should demonstrate to the drug dealers plying their wares that we are determined to get them out of the developments."
District Attorney Brown continued, "It would appear that despite a series of arrests at the Edgemere houses carried out last February against a gang known as the Regulators that groups including some Bloods are seeking to fill the void. I commend the Police Department for keeping on top of this critical situation for the benefit of the people living in the developments."
During the course of the investigation which began last March, undercover officers allegedly purchased drugs from the defendants on at least two dozen occasions.
Among those arrested at the Edgemere houses were Amar Bell, 22, of 409 Beach 51 street; Antwon Tolliver, 21, of 56-10 Beach Channel drive; Eric Scarborough, 19, of 54-15 Almeda avenue; Eric Eddy, 17, of 604 Beach 65 street; Robert Bailey, 21, of 54-09 Almeda avenue; Richard Witlock, 18, of 13-21 McBride street.
Each of the defendants is charged with possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Of the 16 total defendants, 11 were arrested at the Redfern houses. The defendants face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
The arrests were carried out by detectives and officers of the Queens South Narcotics District which is under command of Inspector John H. Regan and Deputy Inspector Frederick E. Britton. The investigation was conducted by Police Officers Richard Aichinger, Rosita Bellington and Robert Ball and Detectives Gerald Farrell and Patrick O’Brien under the supervision of Lieutenant John O’Mahoney and Captain Kevin Fitzgerald. Assistant District Attorney Joel R. Meyers of the District Attorney’s Narcotics Bureau, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Peter A. Crusco and Deputy Bureau Chief Wilbert J. LeMelle and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney Robert D. Alexander, is in charge of the prosecution.
It is to be noted that an arrest is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.