Yesterday, police announced they arrested people running a drug den on 93rd Street in Brooklyn, thanks to the help of neighbors who banded together. Resident Jason Miller told NY1 he and his neighbors "came together through a local web forum and there were many neighbors that were feeling much the same fear and issues that we were already observing."
The web forum is BayRidgeTalk.com, a message board when residents started to voice complaints about the activities at 346-348 93rd Street. The houses, owned by the Terrone family for many years, attracted attention when fights were occurring at night and people were coming and going. The police apparently had a hard time making any headway because they weren't able to witness any of the transactions, which were all in the houses.
The NY Times reports how their observations "turned to action, as neighbors started filing complaints with the 68th Precinct station house and attending Community Board 10 meetings and generally making noise until a narcotics investigation began, leading to the arrests."
Five people were arrested, including brothers Joseph Terrone, Michael Terrone, and Ross Terrone, for selling crack cocaine, heroin and prescription pills.