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19 Indicted for Allegedly Selling Crack Cocaine Out of Harlem Housing Projects

The suspects are members of two separate gangs -- "20 BLOCC” and “Flow Boyz," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 11:27 AM EDT
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19 Indicted in East Harlem Crack Cocaine Ring

Police say the teen hasn't been processed or charged yet and won't be processed until 6 p.m.

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More than a dozen people have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to sell crack cocaine at housing projects in East Harlem, prosecutors said Thursday.

The suspects are members of two separate gangs -- "20 BLOCC” and “Flow Boyz," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

According to court documents, the suspects are accused of selling crack cocaine in the vicinity of a NYCHA public housing facility – the Wagner Houses – and the Taino Towers. At least one suspect is accused of preparing crack from powder cocaine inside an apartment in the Wagner Houses.

Vance said the group dealt drugs around playgrounds, lobbies and stairwells.

Many of the drug sales charged in the indictment were observed by NYPD officers, either acting undercover or through the use of surveillance cameras, he said.  Undercover police officers also purchased crack cocaine from various defendants on more than two dozen occasions.

Thursday's charges represent the seventh indictment in the past 18 months of a group on charges related to the sale of illegal drugs in Harlem.

The investigation is ongoing.
 

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