Alleged Cocaine Kingpin Nabbed In Queens Drug Ring Bust
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A 15-month investigation by the New York City Police Department and the Queens district attorney's office has led to the arrest of 45 people, including a man who is allegedly one of the city's biggest cocaine dealers.
The investigation centered on two gangs in southeast Queens, the South Side Bloods and the Corley Crew, which police say brought in more than $15,000 a week in narcotics sales.
Authorities say James "Wall" Corley, seen above, who was a member of the notorious Supreme Team gang in the 1980s, was difficult to locate, using any measure to evade police, including speaking in code.
"Competitors and his staff called him 'The Ghost' because it was very difficult to get information about him. He had an uncanny ability to keep his associates in the dark," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "No one knew where he lives, what phone number he used, what car he drove."
Officials arrested dozens of alleged gang members, including Corley, and 19 drug customers.
They all face narcotics or weapons charges.