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Press Release | NO. 2004-020

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Press Release # 020
Friday, February 6, 2004

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly And Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown Announce 13 Arrests In Takedown Of Illegal Narcotics Ring From Bell Boulevard In The Bayside Section Of Queens

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced the arrest of 13 individuals as part of "Operation Bell Boulevard," a 10-month undercover narcotics investigation focusing on retail drug sales along Bell Boulevard in the Bayside section of Queens. These arrests were effected by members of Narcotics Borough Queens Good Neighbor Team. Those arrested have been charged with street sales of marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs such as ecstasy and Vicodin.

Concern and awareness from the community initiated this operation. Residents took note of what was happening and contacted the New York City Police Department. The success of the operation is a direct result of the support and interest of this community.

Commissioner Kelly said: "The New York City Police Department and law abiding residents of New York City will not tolerate narcotics trade on our streets, regardless of where you live or who you are. This Department owes a debt of gratitude to the people of Bayside. This community was vigilant in their desire to free their streets of the drug trade."

The Department began Operation Bell Boulevard by setting up two undercover officers in an apartment in Bayside within the confines of the 111TH Precinct. These two officers made contacts throughout the neighborhood by joining a gym and frequenting other commercial establishments. Through the network they built, the undercover officers made purchases of marijuana, ecstasy, Vicodin, and powdered cocaine from numerous individuals who either live or frequent the Bell Boulevard area.

Among those arrested was Balinder Case who is employed as an aide at a group home on Bell Boulevard. Some of the drugs Ms. Case sold were narcotics allegedly pilfered from the group home where she worked. In addition, the officers seized a .380 caliber automatic handgun, approximately nine ounces of cocaine, $2,236 in cash, two automobiles and numerous cell phones.

The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are expected.

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