Sunday, June 10, 2007


Charles Hynes has always been a friend of the community. Click on to view the undercover video of this operation.


Brooklyn, June 7, 2007 – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the arrest of 11 people charged with running illegal drug operations in Crown Heights. The investigation began in the summer of 2006, when community leaders, at a routine meeting with District Attorney Hynes, expressed outrage over the armed, organized drug dealers terrorizing their neighborhood.

“The responsibility of the District Attorney is to keep Brooklyn safe, and that starts with every block and street corner in every neighborhood,” said District Attorney Hynes. “When the residents of Crown Heights came to me to say that drug dealing was a problem on their streets, my office responded immediately, by coordinating with the NYPD to launch an investigation. I’d like to thank NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the NYPD for their help and hard work on this case.”

A joint investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD uncovered several independently operating drug gangs dealing narcotics at multiple locations throughout the section of Crown Heights surrounding the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Extensive video surveillance showed one dealer weighing out cocaine on a scale and another drug dealer using binoculars to monitor the block for police activity.
In addition to counter surveillance, the highly organized drug dealers used techniques such as changing clothes frequently to disguise their appearances and purposely neglecting to repair rotting and broken floor boards in drug stash houses, hoping to injure police in the event of a raid. While executing a search warrant, a KCDA Detective Investigator fell six feet through a damaged floor and broke her arm.

Last week, KCDA Detective Investigators executed 10 search warrants, and made 11 arrests. Detectives recovered three guns with ammunition, 600 grams of cocaine, six pounds of marijuana, pills, drug cutting agents, six scales, hundreds of bags for packaging, binoculars and radios for counter surveillance, and more than $17,000 in cash. This comes in addition to 700 grams of cocaine and two pounds of marijuana purchased by undercover agents, over the course of the investigation.

Those arrested range in age from 23 to 67 and face charges including Conspiracy in the First Degree, Conspiracy in the Second Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. They have all been arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court with bail packages ranging from $50,000 to $750,000. The top charges, Conspiracy in the First Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, are both Class A1 Felonies which carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

KCDA Detective Investigators Kevin McAleese, John Beale, Edwin Murphy and Bill Pettie; Supervising Detective Investigators Jim Russell and Joe Piraino; Deputy Chief Al Lombardo; Assistant Chief Investigators George Terra and Jerry Zino; and Chief Investigator Joe Ponzi worked on the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

NYPD Sgt. Steve Talvi 77, Sgt. Frank Guarino of the Gang Division, 77th Precinct Deputy Inspector John Cosgrove, Inspector Robert Boyce of the Gang Division, Chief Michael Marino, Executive Officer Patrol Borough Brooklyn North worked on the case. Chief Gerald Nelson is Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.
Assistant District Attorneys Maria Barrera and Lawrence Oh are prosecuting the case. Suzanne Corhan is Chief of the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau.
Contact: Jonah Bruno 718-250-2300
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