September 14, 2006 – A crew tied to the Crips street gang made $1 million a year from trafficking narcotics in a cluster of public housing developments in Far Rockaway, Queens. After an eight-month undercover investigation by the NYPD, 96 people were charged and 81 were arrested. The investigation revealed that the dealers sometimes did transactions on school playgrounds and distributed drugs concealed in the battery compartments of remote-controlled toy cars and trucks; in one instance, a child was used to deliver drugs to an undercover officer.
February 3, 2006 – Police arrested 43 members of a violent Far Rockaway drug gang who instilled fear in over 2,000 residents who lived in the Redfern Houses and Dix McBride Apartments. This gang controlled the narcotics distribution in the area, and is also suspected of being responsible for an epidemic of shootings surrounding the local drug trade.