Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the arrest of eight alleged drug dealers from Bedford Stuyvesant yesterday stemming from a long-term drugs-selling investigation.
“Once again, undercover police officers put their lives at risk to make these arrests possible and improve life for the law-abiding residents of Bed-Stuy,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a release.
Police arrested Naquan Brown, Herbert Curtis, Zajuan Glaster, Desmond Jones, Dijon Martin, Jaquan Pinckney, Tyquan Steele and Daquan Tyson. Police seized marijuana and other drugs at three different apartment buildings on Linden Boulevard, Madison Street and Monroe Street.
Officers also found a firearm under the bed of a sleeping 11-month-old child at one of the Madison Street apartments. Laronda Hardy, the apartment tenant, was arrested and charged with endangering the life of the 11-month-old, a 4-year-old and a 14 year-old living in the apartment.
The arrests brought the total number of people arrested in the NYPD’s Brooklyn North Narcotics Major Case Team operation to 26. In July, police arrested 14 people accused of selling drugs near three different schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“The circumstances of yesterday’s arrests bring to light the continuing threat that such organized drug sale activity constitutes to the children of our neighborhoods,” Hynes said in a release. “Where drug business is being conducted near our schools and day care centers, and our children are exposed to the weapons that enforce this trade inside their very homes, law enforcement must respond and such strong prosecutions must be built.”