District Attorney Busts Huge Lower East Side Coke Ring
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[Photo: Daily News]For the second time in the last four months, authorities have busted a Lower East Side drug ring. Cops busted an organization based in the Seward Park Extension at the end of December, a result of last summer’s undercover op on site. Yesterday afternoon, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. put an end to the massive drug trafficking operation which was based in three neighborhood housing projects – Baruch Houses, Jacob Riis, and Campos Houses.
In all, forty-one gang members were rounded up and charged with various crimes. Thirty-three are “Blocc Boyz” from the Baruch Houses, and the other eight are “Money Boyz” from Campos. The gangsters are accused of selling coke for $120 per gram and using car services for deliveries. Four of the masterminds are being charged as “kingpins,” which carries a maximum life sentence; the remainder face a variety of felony offenses, including criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
The accused ultimately hit their downfall thanks to the flaunting of their illicit activity on social media platforms. They boasted with photos of BMWs, jewelry, and other bling.
The Daily News has more:
Big-mouth accused kingpin Adrian (Ace) Rivera, 24, sparked the investigation when undercover cops began purchasing large amounts of cocaine from him in early 2011, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday in announcing the takedown.
But investigators only knew him by his nickname. They searched social media and soon found his Facebook and Instagram accounts, which they used as a jumping off point for their online sleuthing.