12 Charged in Queens Restaurant Drug Ring

Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 3:51 PM EDT
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12 Charged in Queens Restaurant Drug Ring

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Authorities are announcing drug charges against 12 people who they say ran a drug ring out of a now-closed restaurant in Queens.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the suspects arrested in "Operation Dinner Out" include members of the Trinitarios, Latin Kings and Bloods gangs.

Brown said Thursday that the suspects sold illegal drugs out of a now-closed restaurant called La Braza.

Officers executed five search warrants at the restaurant and recovered four guns, more than a kilo of cocaine; 777 glassine envelopes of heroin, two ounces of marijuana and $3,520 in cash.

The 12 suspects were arrested in July and August. They are charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.

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