32 Charged in Cypress Hills Drug Bust
By Kiratiana Freelon on August 14, 2012 2:04pm
By Elizabeth Hagen
Special to DNAinfo.com New York
NEW YORK CITY — An eight-month investigation into drug trafficking in East New York's Cypress Hills Houses has led to 32 arrests in the community.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the bust today, though the majority of arrests took place on Friday, Aug 10, when NYPD officers conducted searches in 12 apartments in the Brooklyn housing complex.
The special investigation was launched in December, 2011, following two homicides, more than a dozen shootings and complaints of rising gang-violence and narcotics activity.
Over a period of seven months, undercover NYPD officers purchased crack and heroin from suspected drug-traffickers throughout the 15-building complex, home to some 3,500 residents.
The charges range from attempted murder to criminal sale of a controlled substance as well as other misdemeanors.