A total of 13 Queens residents were arrested this week in connection with alleged drug buys involving undercover police officers between December and September, the Queens district attorney said.
On Oct. 13, police executed seven court-authorized search warrants on residents and vehicles in Jamaica, Queens Village, Hollis and South Richmond Hill. During the search of a home on 99th Avenue, police allegedly seized a money counter, scale with heroin residue, Bloods street gang book, electric stun gun, ledger and nearly $3,000 in cash, Queens DA Richard Brown said.
And in a vehicle, police allegedly discovered a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wessun firearm that was reported stolen in January 2016 from a DeKalb County law enforcement officer.
The defendants who were arrested include Trevor Henry, Shailendra Mangaroo, Roopchan Mangaroo, Mariss Masih, Eric Ranglall, Patrick Diaz, Jason Noriega, Amanda Singer, Donna Castello, Daianand Ramroop and Ravinda Ramroop. All of the defendants were arraigned on Oct. 13 and 14 in Queens Criminal Court on eight separate complaints. Two additional defendants—Jeffrey Rosa and Alex Padilla—were later arrested and are awaiting arraignment.
The investigation leading to the arrests was a joint undertaking between the city Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Team, which utilizes undercover detectives, who allegedly made multiple narcotics purchases on 34 separate occasions. The detectives allegedly engaged in numerous narcotics-related conversations with Henry, Masih, Ranglall, Padilla, Daianand Ramroop and Ravinda Ramroop and meetings were arranged between the detectives and defendants. During the meetings, cash was allegedly exchanged for cocaine, marijuana and heroin.
Among the drugs allegedly seized during the raids were heroin, marijuana, cocaine, crack, Alprazolam pills and Zolpidem pills.