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Cops have busted 11 alleged crack dealers who “controlled” an intersection with their brazen sales.

District Attorney Charles Hynes said the bust was the result of an undercover operation that began over the summer and involved an elaborate operation in which cops made 18 purchases from the alleged dealers at the corner of Putnam and Grand avenues near the border of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Hynes’s office said that the busts, dubbed in suitably hyperbolic language “Operation Grand Slam,” began with tips last summer from nearby residents about dealers who had commandeered the corner and were making $1,000 a day in sales.

Undercover cops made purchases and videos — all of which became evidence in the case. On Oct. 29, the NYPD moved in, arresting 11 men and seizing roughly two pounds of marijuana and over 75 grams of crack, which has a street value of $10,000.

Cops confiscated three guns during the bust as well.

“No one should have to live in a neighborhood where this is going on,” Hynes said on Tuesday morning. “They were controlling a prominent intersection and had no fear that anything would happen to them. They were not particularly smart.”

Hynes said that the dealers stored some of their drugs in two clothing stores on Putnam Avenue.

Updated 10:03 am, November 25, 2009: Story was updated to reflect information obtained at this morning's press conference.
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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I hope they get the dealers on Classon Ave. who hang out in front of the Friendly Food Center (or whatever they are calling it now.)
Nov. 24, 2009, 11:55 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I changed my mind, forget them. They have the most convinient location for drug shopping in our entire neighborhood, and they are so polite. The Friendly Food Center is just a little more friendly when they're around.
Nov. 27, 2009, 3:45 am

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