Residents in an upstate New York village, tired of living under the threat of illegal activities, joined forces with the local prosecutor’s office and police to rid their neighborhood of drug dealers and associated violence.
Their efforts and cooperation with law enforcement lead to the arrests of a trafficker along with several drug runners and drug users.
Prompted by complaints from tenants of the 200 block of Fifth Avenue in Nyack, the Rockland County Drug Task Force, Orangetown Police Department and the Clarkstown Police Department’s Street Crime Unit launched an intensive three-month investigation, which included extensive surveillance where undercover police officers posing as drug buyers.
Throughout the investigation, undercover officers made several drug buys. Intelligence indicated the narcotics were moving through apartment 2B at 250 Fifth Avenue. The renters of the unit, later identified as Monique Felix and Michael Jackson, were arrested.
According to the press release, detectives identified Jackson as the primary drug dealer, and Wilson Guillen as the source trafficking and conducting "open-air" drug sales of powder and crack cocaine in Nyack, Orangetown and Clarkstown.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe released a statement saying, "This takedown will bring a measure of relief to the good people of this neighborhood who seek safety and peace for their families. This probe is another example of prosecutors and police working together with concerned citizens to reduce drug dealing that, too often, plagues our entire community."
Tuesday’s arrests were made without incident. The four suspects remained in jail following their arraignments in Nyack Justice Court before Judge Robert Knoebel Tuesday. Knoebel remanded each suspect in lieu of $50,000 bail and set preliminary hearings for January 18, 2013.
- Derrick Jackson, 22, of St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Michael Jackson, 35, of Fifth Avenue, Nyack, N.Y.
- Monique Felix, 34, of Fifth Avenue, Nyack, N.Y.
- Wilson Guillen, 30, of Bronx, N.Y.
Charges against defendants:
- Second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony, punishable by up to 17 years in state prison.
- Third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony, punishable by up to nine years in state prison.
- Endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest, both Class A Misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in jail.
In addition to the arrests, police executed search warrants at two unidentified locations in Nyack where they seized more than four ounces of powder and crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and cash.