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NEW YORK - APRIL 06: A woman walks by a New York City Police Department vehicle on April 6, 2010 in New York City. Following a melee involving groups of youths around Times Square last Sunday evening, concern is growing that New York City may be witnessing a resurgence in crime. Crime is up while fewer officers are patrolling the streets due to budget cuts in the police department, with more officers assigned to terrorism related security details. Shootings in New York City are up 19 percent and murders up 22 percent over the same period last year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
This morning officers executed search warrants at 11 apartments inside 162 Troy and 180 Troy Ave. The raids allowed officers to seize small amounts of heroin, crack and marijuana, as well as a large quantity of drug packaging material and paraphernalia, authorities say.
The raid also yielded a handgun and a loaded magazine inside one of the apartments at 162 Troy Ave. Authorities note that dealers had a self-referral system that distributed clients among the dealers in the complex. Clients were charged $10 for bags of heroin and crack.
Dealers branded the heroin glassines sold with names like Carabela, Now & Later, Gucci and Power.
“Undercover officers made dozens of buys from the dealers during the probe, which began in the summer of 2009 and was spearheaded by the NYPD’s Brooklyn North Narcotics Division,” said New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan.
Investigators credit an observant officer who noticed a pattern of drug dealing at the Albany Houses. Recently a series of shootings at the complex earlier this year drew increased police presence to the six building complex.
Brennan notes that during one exchange, a subject of the investigation was videotaped conducting a drug sale with his preschool-aged child in tow.
Authorities note that six defendants were arrested on felony drug charges. Of those six was previously indicted by a grand jury.
Several additional arrests were referred to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution on misdemeanor marijuana and weapons possession charges.
The Special Narcotics Prosecutor is coordinating with NYCHA, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD to conduct community outreach efforts and address drug issues in the buildings.