The investigation began last August when detectives assigned to the NYPD’s Narcotics Division teamed up with the Queens District Attorney's office to identify and disrupt narcotics trafficking in the Queensbridge and Ravenswood houses in Long island City and Astoria, respectively.
The defendants, both men and women ranging in age from 18 to 27, were allegedly caught selling heroin, cocaine and marijuana to undercover officers and face up to 10 years behind bars.
“We have targeted hundreds of drug dealers in public housing developments throughout Queens and in private housing developments like Lefreak City, and have put a significant dent in the drug trafficking which has long troubled the resident so these developments,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Queensbridge Houses is the largest housing development in North America and covers nearly 50 acres.
“NYPD officers patrol and perform dangerous undercover work in public housing developments to protect abiding New Yorkers who are disproportionately afflicted by illicit drugs and violence,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.