Big drug bust in Kingston nabs 17 alleged dealers

Sounds like Kingston's finest were busy yesterday. The Daily Freeman reports:

Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum said the 17 individuals were arrested as a result of an investigation that has been ongoing since January into the sale of drugs in and around the city of Kingston, including in Saugerties, and the towns of Ulster and Esopus. He said most of the individuals were arrested on sealed indictment warrants, meaning they had been indicted by an Ulster County grand jury prior to their arrests. The sheriff said the arrests began at about 6 a.m. and utilized 18 officers from the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team.

Figuring prominently among the addresses of the alleged perps, who are all named in the story, are Cedar Street in Kingston and the Wenton Motel in Saugerties. (Hey. They do claim to have "the best motel value anywhere.")

Both the Freeman and the Times Herald-Record note that although the police claim to have rounded up several Bloods and Crips, the arrests were mostly of low-level street peddlers, not higher-ranking gang leaders. ("Kingpins"? "CEOs"?)

Hilariously, the Freeman also includes their nicknames, which include "DoDo," "NaNa," "Queeda" and "Country."

Kingston Neighborhood Watch is, understandably, pleased. From Twitter yesterday evening:

Kuddos to KPD today. Great job!