BROOKLYN — Four Brooklyn men have been charged for nearly 60 sales of crack, heroin and marijuana to undercover officers at Greenpoint's Cooper Houses, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office announced Thursday.
The four men, ages 19 to 28, are charged with offenses including criminal drug sales and posesssion, some which carry up to a nine-year prison sentence.
Police found thousands of dollars worth of drugs on the men during the arrest, including 157 glassine bags of heroin, 58 packs of crack and three Ziploc bags of marijuana.
Police launched an investigation at the nearly 700-unit public housing complex at 40 Debevoise Ave. in February after complaints of drug sales in the area, according to the DA's office.
It was part of Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson and Commissioner Bill Bratton's ongoing anti-drug initiative in public housing developments, an effort that has already led to more than 50 people being charged in the last year, according to the DA's office.
Earlier this month, 13 people were arrested at Borinquen Plaza and the Bushwick Houses for selling drugs.
At the Cooper Houses, undercover officers made 58 drug buys in the five-month operation, including 32 purchases of crack, 25 purchases of heroin and one marijuana purchase, according to the DA's office.
Leequan Herrington, 19, of Red Hook, was hit with nearly 20 counts of various charges, including criminal drug sales and criminal drug possession, the DA said. He's being held on $50,000 bond.
Harold Saunder, 28, of Brownsville, was hit with 11 counts of drug sale and possession charges and was held on $30,000 bond, the DA said.
Rakwan Williams, 24, who lived in the Cooper Houses, was also charged with 11 counts of drug sales and possession charges. He was held on $20,000 bond, the DA said.
Williams was also wanted for failing to appear in court for punching a woman two years ago, according to the district attorney.
Tyquan Williams, 19, of Brownsville, was charged with eight counts of drug sales and possession, the DA said. He was held on $30,000 bond.
Information about their attorneys was not immediately available.
“This joint operation with the NYPD once again underscores our determination to protect the law-abiding residents of public housing developments from drug dealers, gang members and other criminals who threaten their safety and well-being," Thompson said in a statement.