You know that you are truly “running the block”, when police are able to use Google Maps to identify you on that block. That ID has led to the police making actual arrests! Three of the suspects can be seen at the corner of Jackson St. and Kingsland Ave. when the address is viewed through the street view feature of Google maps.
The police set up a sting on a drug dealing crew working near the Cooper Park Houses in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn yesterday, busting seven dealers including three whose faces were captured in the Google street view. The police did their sting acting as ‘hipsters’. “They were catering to the hipster crowd, among other customers,” one law-enforcement source said.
The suspects in the Google photo were identified as Shaundell Dade, Jamel Pringle, and Jonathan Paulino, who is the suspected ringleader of the crew. He allegedly was caught in a basement apartment where cops found heroin, marijuana and a packaging lab that included envelopes, scales and stamps. The suspects were caught on surveillance camera allegedly stashing their heroin in a magnetic lock box secured to the back of the Neighborhood Grocery’s metal signs. (pretty crafty if you ask me) Undercover cops dressed as hipsters made 20 drug buys, purchasing $10 envelopes of heroin stamped with brand names such as “Fed Ex,” “KFC,” “Powerful Impact,” “Magik” and “Crossbones.”
Police began the investigation four months ago after locals complained about the crew selling crack and dope openly in the neighborhood. “If you look at the neighborhood, there are a lot of drugs. You don’t want your kids to walk around a neighborhood with drugs,” said Jose Inez, manager of Chela Grocery on Kingsland Avenue, who said he would close the store from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. because “it was serving as a sanctuary for drug dealers.”