2000-07-08 / Front Page

Drug Ring Busted

Customers Phoned In Orders
By Joan Ward George

A Far Rockaway drug ring was busted wide open earlier this week by two teams of South East Queens Initiative Detectives. Fourteen gang members, representing a three county conspiracy to sell cocaine, were arrested and charged with criminal sales of controlled substances in the first, second and third degrees, as well as conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. They all face up to life in prison if convicted.

According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the gang’s ringleaders Christopher Darby, 29, Lamont R. Brown, 18, and Robert Brown, 23, all brothers, who reside at 12-56 Central avenue, Apartment 5B, operated the drug ring out of their apartment at this location. They are charged with taking telephone orders for drugs and delivering their product to customers throughout Rockaway and Nassau County. Darby, and Robert and Lamont Brown allegedly bought cocaine from various suppliers, including one in the Bronx who was arrested after a search warrant led to the discovery of more than two pounds of cocaine concealed in a false panel in a piece of furniture.

The drug scheme reached as far as Nassau County where Darby worked as a bus driver, and where another seller, Anthony Garone, 51, of East Rockaway, a former Nassau County police detective, was arrested.

According to the D.A.’s office, the drug enterprise is estimated to have grossed thousands of dollars a month.

The accused allegedly took over drug sales in the Rockaways where arrests in 1998 and 1999 destroyed several drug gangs.

"We have been targeting the drug dealers in this community for more than two years now," said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. "Each time we make arrests, it takes longer for the criminal element to regroup and begin selling drugs again. We are determined to outlast them and restore to the law abiding multitudes a community where they can live without fear."

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