Charles Hynes announces takedown of 14 in Red Hook drug sale ring
Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the arrest of 14 individuals engaged in ongoing narcotics activity in and around Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses development. The takedown was the culmination of a long-term investigation by the Kings County District Attorney’s Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau and NYPD’s Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit that commenced in summer 2012.
Over an eight-month period, narcotics detectives made over 60 purchases of narcotics including heroin and crack/cocaine from several dealers operating independently throughout the housing development. The majority of the drug sales took place within a four-block radius of Hicks Street and Centre Mall. This takedown brings to an end one of several long-term investigations that were initiated by District Attorney Hynes’ Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau in response to community complaints.
The 14 individuals were taken into custody today. Simultaneous with the arrests, a total of six search warrants were executed and narcotics seized at the following locations: 507 Columbia Street, Apartments 5A and 5E; 22 Mill Street, Apartment 3C; 11 Bush Avenue, Apartment 1A, where some 70 glassines of heroin, 23 packages of crack/cocaine and a large volume of rock cocaine were secured; 11 Bush Avenue, Apartment 1C; and 82 Dwight Street, Apartment 5F, where approximately two pounds of marijuana and a “heat press” machine used for packaging were seized.