2009-07-17 / Top Stories

Far Rock Duo Busted As Part Of Drug Sting

Two Far Rockaway men, reportedly brothers, were among 24 arrested last week in a South Jamaica Houses drug sweep, following five months of undercover investigations, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Christopher Davis, 24, of 10-39 McBride Street, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana and Michael Davis, 22, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Their arrests were part of a joint announcement last week by Brown and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly of the filing of criminal charges against two dozen individuals for selling cocaine and marijuana to undercover police officers involved in the investigation at the South Jamaica Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex.

Brown said, "All too often, the lawabiding citizens residing in such public housing complexes as the South Jamaica Houses are, in effect, being held hostage in their own homes by the drug-dealing and drug-based violence that goes on around them. Today's arrests not only underscore the continuing commitment of prosecutors and police to improving the quality of their lives, but send a message to those who flood the streets with illicit drugs that drug use and drug-related violence will not be toler- ated and when, unfortunately, it is found to exist, it will be vigorously prosecuted."

Commissioner Kelly said, "There's an undeniable nexus between illegal narcotics and violent crime, in addition to the general misery caused by addiction. That's why we persist in arresting drug dealers, especially when they put the law-abiding public at risk."

The South Jamaica I Houses consists of 440 apartments in eleven three- and four-story buildings located between 158 and 160 Streets and South Road and 109 Avenue. Completed in 1940, the 9.02 acre housing complex is home to approximately 994 residents.

The South Jamaica II Houses was completed in 1954 and consists of sixteen three- and seven-story buildings located between 158 and 160 Streets and South Road and Brinkerhoff Avenue. The 13.3 acre complex is home to approximately 1,565 residents. The investigation began in February 2009 when, in response to complaints from area residents, the Queens District Attorney's Narcotics Investigations Bureau and the New York City Police Department's Narcotics Borough Queens sought to identify the narcotics trafficking organizations operating in the South Jamaica Houses and to apprehend their members and associates.

Brown said that at least eight of the alleged drug sales occurred within close proximity to Public School 40 (The Samuel Huntington School), located at 109-20 Union Hall Street and the South Jamaica Houses Day Care Center, located at 108-17 159 Street, both in Jamaica, Queens.

The defendants are variously charged with numerous counts of third-degree criminal sale of a

controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, all Class B felonies, each punishable by up to nine years in prison; fourthdegree criminal sale of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of marijuana and seconddegree criminally using drug paraphernalia, all Class A misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in jail; and fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both Class B misdemeanors, each punishable by up to six months in jail.

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