Operation “The Bridge is Over”-Police arrest 22 in drug, gun bust at Queensbridge Houses complex

Cops and prosecutors say they’ve busted nearly two dozen suspected drug dealers in a sweep authorities hope will halt a spike in shootings at a Queens housing complex.

Police on Thursday announced the arrest of 22 loosely-connected suspects in the sprawling Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City after an 11-month investigation.

Eleven of the 22 suspects face drug possession charges, while eight face charges for selling drugs. The remaining two are being charged with weapons or firearms possession.

The suspects typically sold crack, heroin and pot out of apartments, said NYPD Deputy Inspector Don Boller, who heads Queens North Narcotics.

Boller said 2017 saw a spike in shootings, including one murder, in the Queensbridge complex, compared to none the year before.

“People were coming and going, buying narcotics, so we targeted people who were selling narcotics,” Boller said.

Police recovered four handguns in the sweep, though none were connected to the shootings, he said.

The Queensbridge Houses is the country’s largest public housing complex, with 96 six-story buildings housing more than 6,900 people.



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