‘Egg Nog’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’ Busts
By Joan Ward George
Two Far Rockaway locations where police allege drugs are sold were busted over the past two weeks in what NYPD’s Queens Narcotics Southeast Queens Initiative is calling Operations "Egg Nog" and "Sleigh Ride". These two latest efforts of the Initiative, aimed at ridding the areas of Jamaica, Queens Village, Far Rockaway and Ozone Park of drug trafficking, resulted in the arrest of 52 individuals and the close of drug selling businesses at 15 private residences since December 9.
The two Far Rockaway locations where search warrants were executed were 10 Beach 32 street and 419 Beach 44 street, Far Rockaway.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, "These locations were all previously identified as drug selling locations and, at the time of the court authorized searches, quantities of crack, marijuana, powdered cocaine and heroin and approximately $5,0000 in cash were seized. In addition, 52 people were arrested and charged with the possession and/or sale of controlled substances."
Arrested at the Beach 44 street location was Asad Usef, 23, who was charged with possession of marijuana.
"The Southest Queens Initiative, since its inception in 1998, has focused its attention on large as well as small scale neighborhood drug operations," D.A. Brown said. "So far several hundred search warrants for commercial and residential premises have been obtained by assistant district attorneys in my office’s Narcotics Investigations Bureau and executed by officers assigned to the Initiative."
According to Brown, the Initiative has done much to remove the "scourge of drugs" and the violence that frequently accompanies it from communities like Far Rockaway, making those communities safer for the decent citizens who live and work there.