Cops Bust 25 In Project Drug Sweeps
Twenty-five Rockaway residents were arrested on Thursday as part of an New York Police Department investigation of drugs at three Far Rockaway housing complexes: the Ocean Bay Houses, the Beach 41 Street Houses and the Ocean Village development, according to an announcement by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The defendants, who range in age from 19 to 48 years of age, are charged with selling powdered and crack cocaine, heroin and marihuana to undercover police officers on nearly 50 separate occasions over a five-month period in and around the housing complexes.
Three of the defendants are charged with at least one count of selling drugs within a drug-free school zone.
Brown said, "We anticipate that these arrests will put a significant dent in the drug trafficking and drugrelated violence that has long plagued the area. These individuals are alleged to have operated with near impunity - selling drugs close to their own homes, while a seemingly defiant few are alleged to have sold their products near a public school. All mistakenly thought that they were operating under wraps when they allegedly sold their illicit drugs to undercover officers. In fact, they were under investigation and marked for arrest, prosecution and long prison sentences."
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, "These arrests are important because of the inescapable nexus between drug trafficking and violence, in addition to all of the other misery inflicted by illegal drugs. We keep New York safe, in part, by keeping the pressure on drug dealers. I commend the police officers and Queens prosecutors for their continued success in combating this threat to public safety."
In addition to the arrests, officers executed five court-authorized search warrants and recovered various amounts of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Among those arrested were Norma Brown, 48, of 54-09 Almeda Avenue, who allegedly sold cocaine and marijuana to undercover officers on four separate occasions between October 16, 2008, and November 15, 2008, from her sixth-floor apartment in the Ocean Bay complex, and Arthur Jenkins, 33, of 125 Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway, for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover officer near the Golden Maple Academy, at Beach 57 Street and Beach Channel Drive on November 12, 2008.
The defendants are variously charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance In or Near School Grounds, both Class B felonies, each punishable by up to nine years in prison, and Criminal Sale of Marihuana in the Fourth Degree and Petit Larceny, both Class A misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in jail.
Those arrested on misdemeanor drug charges are: Kevin Davis, 19, of 71-15 Beach Channel Drive; Landis Davis, Jr., 37, of 441 Beach 51 Street; Robert Rhodes, 24, of 51-32 Beach Channel Drive; Christopher Suarez, 25, of 528 Beach 72 Street; and Shawn Williams, 19, of 411 Beach 54 Street
Those arrested for misdemeanors based on search warrant investigations: Dixie Adams, of 411 Beach 54 Street; Greg Drayton, of 411 Beach 54; Mynia Hendricks, of 57-07 Shore Front Parkway; Gregory Hermonstyne, of 146 Beach 59 Street; Kelvin Kinnison, of 453 Beach 40 Street; Michelle Lloyd, of 146 Beach 59 Street; Janeda Marcelle, of 411 Beach 54 Street; Shakira Mobley, of 453 Beach 40 Street; and Abel Padilla, of 453 Beach 40 Street.
Those arrested for felonies: Edward Allen, 34, of 616 Beach 67 Street; Norma Brown, 48, of 54-09 Almeda Avenue; Tadfaro Brown, 39, of 54-09 Almeda Avenue; Angelica Feria, 29, of 411 Beach 54 Street; Arthur Jenkins, 33, of 125 Beach 17 Street; Robert Lawson, 17, of 444 Beach 54 Street; Anthony Martin, 23, of 636 Beach 67 Street; Lisa Moore, 39, of 601 Beach 69 Street; Devon Stearns, 36, of 441 Beach 51 Street; Donna Vickers, 40, of 124 Beach 59 Street; and Lachae Vickers, 23, of 409 Beach 51 Street.