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Alleged Queens gang members busted in undercover gun, drug sale operation

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


Eight purported street gang members from Queens have been charged after peddling guns and drugs during undercover buys, prosecutors announced.

“Illegal firearms that flood our streets pose a serious and deadly threat to public safety and the distribution of illegal drugs is a plague on our society. For those arrested, the message could not be clearer: law enforcement has no tolerance for those involved in the weapons and drug trade,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, seven of those arrested were alleged members of the Trinitarios, “a violent New York-based Dominican street gang,” and the eighth defendant is a reputed member of MS-13, another “violent street gang primarily composed of Central Americans.”

The buys, which took place in Queens between November 2012 and June 2014, included a total of 14 guns, with ammunition in some cases, and cocaine, MDPV and marijuana, according to the district attorney’s office. During that time, the members were unknowingly selling to NYPD operatives.

In one case, Lucas Singh, 30, of College Point, allegedly sold an undercover agent a defaced cut-down rifle along with 50 rounds of ammunition on July 30, 2013, for $850. He is also accused of selling another undercover operative a defaced .357 magnum revolver and a .32-caliber semi-automatic Kel-Tec pistol with ammunition for $1,200 on June 4. A week later, Singh sold the same operative a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, and a .380 semi-automatic Kel-Tec pistol with 12 rounds of ammunition for $1,200.

The remaining defendants were identified as Eddie Cruz, 28 and Clase Wellington, 26, both of Glendale; Marcello Esquival, 26, of Jackson Heights; Francisco Gil, 25, Carlos Rosario-Mejia, 30, and Reginald Rosa, 25, all of Jamaica; and Angel Sanchez, 23, of Woodhaven.

They are variously charged with criminal sale of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal sale of marijuana.


21 arrested in Queens during stolen iPhone/iPad undercover sting

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Police arrested 141 individuals – 21 in Queens – purchasing what they believed was stolen electronics during an undercover operation throughout the city.

Undercover officers targeted locations that were suspected of receiving stolen merchandise in the past and offered Apple iPhone 4s and iPad 2s that the merchants believed to be stolen for vast discounts, according to police.

“This was a two-prong approach to apprehend both thieves and receivers of stolen property,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said. “Suspects at both ends of the equation are learning the hard way that ‘victims’ and ‘sellers’ may in fact be undercover police officers.”

Convenience stores, newsstands, delis, barber shops and other commercial establishments were targeted in the sting.

In Queens arrests were made at the following locations: 

101ST PRECINCT (2 arrests)

  •  A Line Deli Inc (21-15 Mott Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Genesis Deli (25-11 Far Rockaway Blvd) – 1 arrest

106TH PRECINCT (2 arrests)

  •  TMJ Grocery (104-05 Liberty Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Liberty Avenue Deli (105-31 Liberty Avenue) – 1 arrest

108TH PRECINCT (3 arrests)

  •  Juan Grocery (64-21 Broadway) – 1 arrest
  •  El Rey Del Taco (49-06 43 Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Scorpion Bar (69-08 Roosevelt Avenue) – 1 arrest

109TH PRECINCT (2 arrests)

  •  Kingnet Technology Inc. (37-02 Main Street) – 1 arrest
  •  Main Street Computer Shop (41-46 Main Street) – 1 arrest

110TH PRECINCT (7 arrests)

  •  40-36 75 Street – 1 arrest
  •  81-14 Roosevelt Avenue – 3 arrests
  •  97-09 Roosevelt Avenue – 1 arrest
  •  84-26 Roosevelt Avenue – 1 arrest
  •  80-06 Roosevelt Avenue – 1 arrest

114TH PRECINCT (1 arrest, 0 prior incidents)

  •  Beauty & Nail Salon (29-25 23 Avenue) – 1 arrest

115TH PRECINCT (4 arrests

  •  Dancar (93-04B 37 Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  ABC Wireless NY Inc (37-65A 74 Street) – 1 arrest
  •  Envios a Equador (102-05 Roosevelt Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Livery Cab (f/o 103-17 Roosevelt Avenue) – 1 arrest