Kings County District Attorney Unveils Clinton Hill Drug Ring

November 24, 2009 Updated: November 24, 2009

NEW YORK—Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes announced on Tuesday the indictment of 11 individuals involved in a Clinton Hill drug ring.

In the neighborhood of Putnam and Grand Avenues, the drug dealers sold crack cocaine and marijuana on the street, in a residential apartment building, and out of a barbershop and also from two T-shirt stores.

“These drug dealers thought they could take over the neighborhood, selling poison on the street and in the hallways of an apartment building, sometimes in view of school children,” said Hynes in a press release.

After receiving multiple complaints from local residents, Hynes launched a joint investigation with the Brooklyn district attorney’s office and the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Brooklyn Narcotics Division, in which undercover officers infiltrated the operation and made 18 crack cocaine purchases over several months.

Upon obtaining search warrants on October 29, officers found 75 grams of crack, worth a $10,000 street value from the barbershop, as well as two guns and nearly two pounds of marijuana in the two T-shirt stores. A third gun was recovered from the home of the manager of one of the shops.

The 11 defendants are named in four indictments. The top charges against them include criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class-B felony.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

The case was investigated by NYPD Inspector Jim Essig and Detective Bryan Mullady.

The prosecution team included Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau Deputy Bureau Chief Pat Cappock and Assistant District Attorneys Eric Goldman and Alex Azcuy. They were supervised by Bureau Chief Lawrence Oh and Chief of the Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau Suzanne Corhan.

“Thanks to the work of the NYPD and the prosecutors in my Major Narcotics Bureau, these defendants will not be dealing anything for a long time,” said Hynes.