Four drug dealers were arrested in Brooklyn and Queens in what is being reported as a major drug bust.
The drug bust was the result of a long-running investigation that began with two overdose deaths involving fentanyl and heroin, one in Bay Ridge in 2016 and one in Kew Gardens in 2017. ABC7 New York reported.
The alleged ringleader was identified as 35-year-old Dionne Sharrow aka “Slay” who was arrested at his luxury apartment in a high-rise on 51st Avenue in Long Island City. Among the property seized there was a loaded firearm, approximately half of million dollars in cash and a red Lamborghini parked in the building’s garage.
“It’s just terrible, it’s just a tragedy,” New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said. “Probably millions of little glassine envelopes of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, which is killing the people in our city.”
He lived in a two-bedroom condo on the fifth floor, the same as Lee Rafsky.
“They’re not going to be in some of the run-down buildings,” he said. “They’re going to be people who have a lot of cash who live in these high rises, so I’m not surprised, but I’m still horrified at the same time.”
Three other locations were also raided, the most significant of which was described as a stash house in Bath Beach, where cops found drugs and cash strewn all over.
The other drug dealers were identified as Pablo Vallecillo aka “Cito” Antonio Lopez and Jason Keating.
They are all charged with various counts of conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Authorities said a total of nine members of the same drug network, who were said to rank below the four most recent arrests, were indicted in December of 2017. Police sources said this is the first time authorities have backtracked three levels beyond just street dealers.