New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and
Queens Country District Attorney Richard A. Brown announce 12 arrests as the
culmination of "Operation Sequel," which targeted a cocaine wholesale
distribution ring operating in southeast Queens. This group moved up to 40 kilos
in a single shipment and generated profits of millions of dollars a year.
Members of the Department's Organized Crime Investigation Division conducted the
investigation and made the arrests this morning.
dismantled a cocaine ring in May of 2002, further investigation revealed this
second more entrenched operation. Detectives learned about the group from the
bottom up. At first becoming familiar
with the low level operatives and
following their movements up the chain of command.
said: "This case is a perfect example of how the Department removes the
narcotics trade layer by layer. We took down an operation in 2002 which revealed
more wrongdoing and our detectives
immediately went to work there. I want to
thank all the officers involved for their hard work and the Queens District
Attorney and his staff for their help."
In August 2004, officers
intercepted a package at a Woodside, Queens apartment. Three arrests were made
and officers seized 40 kilos of cocaine and $500,000 in cash. The wholesale
value of this amount of cocaine is upwards of $650,000 with a possible street
value of $1.2 million.
Technology and physical surveillance allowed
officers to figure out the entire operation from the bosses to the couriers.
During the investigation, officers got close enough to one of the suspects, Greg
Ferguson, known as "Pop," to have a conversation with him about the clothing
line he was launching.
Supported by the prosecutors from the Queens
District Attorney's Office, members of the Organized Crime Investigation
Division built a solid understanding of the entire ring and commenced the
takedown. As a result of today's arrests, officers seized approximately $500,000
in cash, 3 kilos of cocaine, five luxury automobiles and 17 handguns.
investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.