New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Queens
Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced the arrest of 43
connected to six drug organizations based in Howard Beach, Queens.
are charged with selling large quantities of illegal narcotics
controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy,
meth, ketamine, steroids, quaaludes, valium, and vicodin.
Police also executed 16 search warrants, which led to the seizure
$147,000 in cash, 10 luxury cars, four rifles, and three handguns.
During the 12-month investigation, the Department discovered that
ring was making profits of between $500,000 and more than $1 million
year. In addition, at least three members had links to the Gambino
family, including Christopher Carneglia, whose father, Charlie
serving 50 years in prison for murder and racketeering.
Commissioner Kelly said: "During the investigation we learned that
groups dealt in a wide variety of drugs, and could move large
They had money and status, and seemed to get away with
anything. Today these
men are behind bars. Their days of drug dealing
and easy money are over.
Their crews have been wiped out. I want to
commend the undercover officers
who once again put their lives on the
line to keep us all safe."
District Attorney Brown said: "The defendants are alleged to have
illegal drugs and controlled substances and made profits of over
million a year. Some crew members are alleged to have led
self-indulgent lifestyles in expensive restaurants, night clubs,
clubs and tanning salons and may have thought that they were living
east street when in fact they were already under investigation
heading to prison."
The 43 individuals are being charged with criminal sale of a
substance, criminal sale of a firearm, grand larceny, money
and conspiracy. Some face sentences of up to life in