Drug Raid On B. 127th
Neighbors Say Yeah!
By Joan Ward George
Neighbors of the troubled 128 Beach 127 Street one family beach block home were thrilled early Thursday morning to learn that the owners of the building and four others were arrested on felony drug charges. Six people were arrested at approximately 1:15 a.m. Thursday, April 20, when officers of the NYPD narcotics squad executed a search warrant at 128 Beach 127 street.
According to the authorities, arrested at the scene and charged with felony criminal possession of controlled substances were Keith Pryde, 21, Kevin Pryde, 22, Jean Fitch, 40, and Joseph Calangelo, 41, who all reside at the residence where the arrest took place. Also arrested was Elizabeth Ott, 37, who was reported to have been sleeping over in the house where the arrest took place. The owner of the house Theresa Myers, 50, was also arrested. Along with being charged with felony criminal possession of controlled substances, Ms. Myers was also charged with felony criminal sale of controlled substances.
"People of the Rockaway community complain that the activities in and around 128 Beach 127 street are very disturbing to them. We hope that the arrests last night and the subsequent prosecutions will persuade people who sell drugs that there is no such thing as a safe house for drug storage and sales and that this brings a measureof relief to the neighborhood."
- RICHARD BROWN
QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY
A spokesperson for the Queen district attorney’s office told The Wave Thursday, just as the paper was going to press, that all of the perps were expected to be arraigned late Thursday night or early Friday morning and that the official charges out of the district attorney’s office were sketchy at this point.
Neighbors who called The Wave after learning of the arrest said that they have complained and complained for years about the suspicious activity that goes on in that residence, but that no one in authority seems to care or be able to do anything about it. "Everyone knows that drug dealing goes on in there and has for years," said one very angry Beach 128 street neighbor.
100 Precinct Commanding Officer Gary Scirica confirmed allegations about numerous complaints being registered about that address.
"All of our neighbors are hoping that enough pressure would be put upon the Queens district attorney to close the place down for good and make room for some good neighbors," said a professional woman who lives on an adjacent block that has made complaints to the police personally.
Reached at his office early Thursday afternoon Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave that, "The people of the Rockaway community complain that the activities in and around 128 Beach 127 street are very disturbing to them. We hope that the arrests last night and the subsequent prosecutions will persuade people who sell drugs that there is no such thing as a safe house for drug storage and sales and that this brings a measure of relief to the neighborhood."
Authorities confirmed Thursday that this drug raid was well planned and executed and people in the area should not be surprised if other such operations take place in the near future.