Drug lord faces life in prison for selling crack in Sunset Park

Busted: Rafael Antonio Fabian was found guilty of trafficking crack cocaine out of his Sunset Park apartment on Aug. 15.
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York

A Long Island man faces a life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of conspiring to sell crack cocaine out of an apartment in Sunset Park on Aug. 15.

Jurors convicted 43-year-old Nassau County resident Rafael Antonio Fabian of running a drug operation out of a Sunset Park apartment he leased, hiring runners to deliver the drugs to customers throughout Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue

Investigators uncovered more than 50 pages of messages between Fabian and co-conspirators, as well as testimony from accomplices to unveil the drug lord’s crack enterprise, and Sunset Park stash house, which he operated from January 2014 to March 2016, Donoghue said.

Fabian’s runners handled the majority of the street-level transactions with drug users, although the kingpin did occasionally deliver the narcotics personally, storing the drugs in a trap drawer installed within glove compartments of his many vehicles, prosecutors claimed.

Fabian was initially freed on a $100,000 bond, but U.S. Chief District Court Judge Irizarry revoked his bail privileges after the trial, and remanded the trafficker into custody. No date has been set for Fabian’s sentencing, but he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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