2010-08-27 / Front Page

36 Charged In Drug Sweep

Press Focuses On 12-Year-Old Girl
By Howard Schwach
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, recently announced the indictment of 14 individuals and the filing of criminal charges against 22 others on a variety of drug-related charges following a five-month undercover investigation at two Far Rockaway housing complexes: the Ocean Bay Houses and the Ocean Village development. A 12-year-old girl, whose name is being withheld because of her age, was also arrested on drug charges. Her case will be prosecuted in New York City Family Court.

And, while 36 people were arrested, the media circus focused on the young girl, who turned 13 two days after her arrest on August 18.

She reportedly hung out with older members of the drug gang after spending her days at Public School 105 in Edgemere.

Police sources say that the older girls smoked pot and had sex with the dealers in return for drugs and pocket money, but that the young girl did not. She was sent out, however, to peddle drugs, allegedly by Terrence Jenkins, 21, who was charged under a 2006 law that makes it a felony to have a child sell drugs on an adult’s behalf.

Published reports in the Daily News and New York Post say that the girl looked much older than her age and that police who made the arrest were shocked when her mother showed up to get her and told them how old she really is.

One local police source said that she looked “old enough to be in college.”

Police say that Jenkins and the others ran with a gang called the “Handsome Hustlers, or HH,” and that the gang had a harem of women at their disposal.

The girl’s gang was reputedly called “The Hollywood Hustlers.”

The 36 defendants – who range in age from 17 to 52 and include two alleged members of the Bloods street gang and a TSA screener – are charged with selling crack and powdered cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana and other controlled substances to undercover police officers on more than 110 separate occasions over a five-month period in and around the housing complexes.

Brown said, “We anticipate that these arrests will put a significant dent in the drug trafficking and drug-related 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 and a daycare center. All mistakenly thought that they were operat- ing 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.”

Commissioner Kelly said, “The arrest of these individuals is good news for the people who live in the Ocean Bay Houses and Ocean Village Apartments in Rockaway. I commend the NYPD Narcotics detectives and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for their work in removing these dealers from the street, and helping improve the quality of life in this neighborhood.”

The investigation began in March 2010 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 around the housing complexes. During the course of the investigation, undercover officers purchased a total of approximately nine pounds of marijuana, 180 oxycodone pills and other narcotics on more than 110 separate occasions.

In addition to the arrests, officers executed ten court-authorized search warrants and seized $14,000 in cash, 11 pounds of marijuana and various amounts of other narcotics and drug paraphernalia, as well as three luxury vehicles – two Mercedes-Benzes and a BMW.

Brown said that some of the alleged drug sales occurred within close proximity of the Goldie Maple Academy (PS 333), located at 365 Beach 56 Street, and the Lucille Rose Daycare Center, located at 148 Beach 59 Street.

The Ocean Bay Houses, located at 54-81 Almeda Avenue, are part of the New York City Housing Authority’s network of housing developments. They were completed in 1961 and consist of 24 buildings, 7- and 9-stories tall, in which 3,369 people reside in 1,394 apartments. Ocean Village, located at 57-17 Shore Front Parkway, is a private housing complex built in 1971 by the New York State Urban Development Corporation. The complex consists of 11 buildings that house 1,100 families.

In addition, under the City’s Trespass Notice Program – which is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Operation Safe Housing initiative and went into effect in January 2005 – non-resident suspects arrested for drug dealing on public housing grounds receive a notice informing them that they are banned from New York City Housing Authority property anywhere in the City and will be arrested if they return. If the suspected drug dealer is a resident of the development he will be targeted for eviction.

The defendants are variously charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class AII felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, 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; Criminal Sale of Marihuana in the Third Degree, a Class E felony punishable by up to one and one-half years in prison; and Criminal Sale of Marihuana in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, both Class A misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in jail.

A law enforcement source said that the young girl, who will be tried in family court, was “careful about her appearance,” and that she only hung out after school. “She acted older than her age,” a cop said.

One local resident recalled her carrying a book bag around.

“She was going into the eighth grade,” the resident, who asked not to be identified, said. “I thought that she was taking classes in college.”

INDICTED DEFENDANTS

Include: Rohan Bydane, 29, of 427 Beach 66 Street; Tyrone (a.k.a. Jerome) Daniels, 39, of 28 Metropolitan Avenue in the Bronx; Frankie Duff, 33, of 185 Nevins Street in Brooklyn; Stevano Gayle, 28, of 467 Beach 63 Street; Jessie Harrell, 17, of 54-75 Almeda Avenue; Mynia Hendricks, 30, of 135 Beach 56 Street; Tyreek Howell, 21, of 305 Beach 47 Street; Antoine Hylton, 46, of 345 Beach 69 Street; Terrence Jenkins, 21, of 126 Beach 61 Street; Vern McDaniel, 32, of 147-27 231 Street in Queens; Kevia Spivey, 34, of 111-19 Jamaica Avenue in Queens; Elijah Stockton, 21, of 141 Beach 56 Street; Robert Watson, 52, of 146 Beach 59 Street; and Keysha Wright, 34, of 144-21 116 Street in Queens.

SUMMARY FELONY ARRESTS include: Rasheed Crochan of 56-10 Beach Channel Drive; Joy Smith Faulkenson, 32, of 57-15 Shore Front Parkway; Raymond Lilly, 42, of 637 Beach 69 Street; Robert (a.k.a. Joseph) Macklin, 33, of 414 Beach 58 Street; Marquis Pike, 18, of 54-75 Almeda Avenue; Michael Pike, 19, of 54-75 Almeda Avenue; and Tamika Waiters, 19, of 637 Beach 69 Street.

SUMMARY MISDEMEANOR ARRESTS include: Bruce Anderson, 38, of 146 Beach 59 Street; Jeffery Brock, 27, of 167 Beach 60 Street; Travis Brown, 37, of 439 Beach 49 Street; Robert Capehart, 18, of 146 Beach 59 Street; Andre Harper, 21, of 414 Beach 29 Street; Benjamin Jackson, 46, of 54-81 Almeda Avenue; Kaseam Jamison, 31, of 107 Beach 56 Place; Charisse Jolly, 16, 54-81 Almeda Avenue; Shamecca Mason, 26, 57-07 Shore Front Parkway; Thomas Martin, 39, of 320 Beach 100 Street; Clarence Mewborn, 34, 57-07 Shore Front Parkway; Michelle Pike- Jenkins, 32, 54-75 Almeda Avenue Caranna Salgado, 17, 7025 Markway Drive in Charlotte, North Carolina; Tabitha Scherer, 22, of 197 Beach 56 Street; and Robert White, 42, of 249 Beach 15 Street.

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