2011-03-04 / Top Stories

Teen Gets Probation in Drug Sale Case

By Howard Schwach

A 13-year-old Rockaway girl, who was arrested last August during a massive drug sweep in two local public housing complexes, was sentenced this week to a year of supervised probation.

The then 12-year-old Edgemere girl was busted for peddling crack and pot on a Far Rockaway street corner — one of 43 people nabbed as part of a massive drug ring, police sources said.

The local grade-schooler, whose name was not released because of her age, sold the drugs to an undercover narcotics unit police officer, sources said.

“She does not look 12,” NYPD Inspector Michael Bryan told New York Post reporter Kirsten Fleming. “We were very shocked to find out her age.”

In addition to the child, authorities collared 42 other people, most with long rap sheets and one who is awaiting trial on a murder charge.

The names of those arrested were not available at press time because they were still waiting arraignment at Queens Criminal Court on Thursday.

The busts were part of a daylong raid targeting several areas in Rockaway, including a number of apartment units at the sprawling Ocean Bay Houses complex and others at Ocean Village Apartments on Beach 57 Street.

In addition, three homes on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 51 Street and Beach 58 Street were hit in the early morning raids.

Authorities seized two Mercedes- Benzes, one BMW, $14,000 in cash, 11 pounds of marijuana and a quantity of crack in the raids.

During the investigation, which began in March of 2010, undercover detectives bought nine pounds of marijuana, 180 oxycodone pills and undisclosed amounts of heroin, Percocet and crack, officials said. The probe was conducted by the NYPD and Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Police said that most of those arrested in the raids had prior arrests for crimes ranging from murder and narcotics possession to weapons possession.

In family court, she admitted to selling what would have amounted to felony weight marijuana if she had been charged as an adult.

Wearing a pink T-shirt and jeans, she nodded and smiled when Queens Family Court Judge Stephen Bogacz sentenced her and wished her good luck.

“Thank you, your honor,” the girl’s mother said as she led her daughter out of the courtroom.

Because she looks much older than her age, cops who arrested her did not realize how old she is until her mother showed up the stationhouse to claim her.

As part of her probation, the teen will have to regularly attend school and earn passing grades.

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