The suspects (via Gothamist)
Prosecutors charged six men for operating three phone delivery services that allegedly provided clients with narcotics, steroids and marijuana to locations in Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park.
The charges came after an undercover investigation and wiretaps conducted by the NYPD and the Brooklyn district attorney that recorded the suspects taking orders and sending deliverymen to meet customers in bars and street corners.
Vincent Alfonso, Vincent Felix, Adam Veit, Francesco Lozado, Victor Moreno and Robert Kollbeck were all arrested last week as part of the investigation.
“As this investigation demonstrates, careful coordination with the NYPD allowed us to break up this delivery-by-car drug dealing network. We will continue to work day and night with the NYPD to fight drug dealing that occurs anywhere in Brooklyn. The cost in lives is too high not to make this a priority,” said District Attorney Kenneth Thompson in a statement.
Alfonso, Felix and Veit were under investigation since July 2012, and, according to the district attorney, operated a sophisticated drug delivery service with a “one stop shopping” model, through which they sold cocaine, marijuana and MDMA. A search of their property turned up all three drugs, as well as scales and packaging materials.
Lozada and Moreno operated a separate cocaine and crack cocaine distribution service, according to Thomspon. A search of Lozado’s properties turned up cocaine, a loaded 9mm pistol, a loaded .45 caliber pistol and approximately $20,000 cash.
Kollbeck allegedly dealt in ketamine – or Special K – and anabolic steroids at least as far back as September 2013. A search of his property turned up a large quantity of anabolic steroids.
According to the district attorney, the investigations kicked off after neighbors and community leaders complained about the presence of drug dealers, and several overdose deaths occurred in the neighborhood.
Local pols praised investigators for the bust.
“I commend the NYPD and Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson for their swift and decisive action in taking these dealers off the street. Thanks to tips from active and concerned residents from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, along with a strong joint law enforcement effort, today we are sending a clear message that drugs and drug activity of any kind in our neighborhoods and on our residential streets will not be tolerated,” said Councilman Vincent Gentile.
“I commend the work of the New York City Police Department, and hope that the Brooklyn District Attorney charges these individuals to the fullest extent of the law, so that they are not back out on our streets in no time, destroying our quality of life,” said State Senator Marty Golden. “The war on drugs is not over and we must remain vigilant in reporting drug activity, and I encourage residents to continue to work with me to eradicate this problem.”
Prosecutors have started civil proceedings to seize the suspects’ property, including vehicles and bank accounts.