Huge bust at hipster drug den

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Cops busted a Williamsburg super and two others on Wednesday for running a massive drug warehouse and hiding their stash in a sauna.

Narcotics investigators seized more than $800,000 and 18 kilos of cocaine from the second-floor apartment above the former site of the Laila Lounge on N. Seventh Street between Wythe and Berry streets, according to the office of the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.

Three suspects — Ronald Lugo, 44, Christina Ladeveze, 48, and Johanny Olmedo, 51 — were arraigned on drug possession charges on Thursday night. Authorities believe that the trio stored the dope in the their apartment for distribution all over the city.

The men were held, but Ladeveze was set to be released on $10,000 bail on Friday — and her lawyer says she was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“She had absolutely nothing to do with those charges,” said the attorney, Bettina Schein.

Authorities claim otherwise since the state police had the trio under surveillance for months before the raid on Wednesday.

Maybe it was their uncouth living style that tipped off investigators.

David Weinstein, 55, a musician who has lived on the block for a decade, said the suspects were not that social, but left a lot of trash out on the street every week.

The litter never included any contraband, just cardboard packaging for things like baby cribs, televisions and do–it-yourself furniture, according to the neighbor.

“I was like, man, these people generate a lot of garbage,” he said.

The suspects also gave Weinstein a weird vibe when they moved in sometime last year. He said that they didn’t fit the usual block demographic of young, affluent artists who used to dwell in the building.

“They looked like rock world hipsters, but older,” Weinstein recalled.

State police also thought something was out of the norm.

The big break came when investigators allegedly spotted Lugo exiting the apartment carrying two boxes to his car.

State troopers stopped him on the Bronx side of Triboro Bridge, and allegedly found 10 kilos of dope.

Once he was was arrested, investigators back to the apartment later in the day with a search warrant and found the money and the additional kilos of the pure, uncut coke in a sauna, authorities said.

The drug has a street value of approximately $3 million.

Lugo’s court-appointed attorney refused to comment, and the private attorney for Olmedo, who allegedly told investigators he was the building’s super, could not be reached.

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018: Story was updated to provide more details — including how muc 28 kilos of coke is worth on the street!
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Reasonable discourse

Jen from Clinton Hill says:
I live in Clinton Hill a lot of hipsters are not trust fund baby's they are drug manufacturers, my hipster neighbor who purchased a brownstone near me was cooking meth in his cellar luckily he got busted before he could blow up the entire block.
Nov. 20, 2009, 9:52 am
Saho from Clinton Hill says:
Though I live in Clinton Hill, I am wondering about all the neighbors and new residents of the condo-boom over the last few years. Could it be that some new 'property tax payer' had called the whistle? I just have to laugh at it all. Every city, man, every city.
Nov. 20, 2009, 11:46 am
huh from williamsburg says:
"running a massive drug warehouse out of defunct bar"

d.b.a. is the bar on the first floor and was open as of tonight (Friday the 20th).

were they selling at d.b.a.? please clarify.
Nov. 20, 2009, 8:10 pm
What???? from not there says:
Since when is it a crime or something looks suspicious when a person carries two boxs out of their apartment. we are a paranoid society.
However, i am glad the creeps got caught.
Nov. 21, 2009, 7:39 am
Shaniqwa from East Hollywood says:
dope is more commonly used to refer to heroin rather than cocaine, so its use is misleading in the article.
Nov. 24, 2009, 8:33 pm
anthony says:
hipsters do coke?! i had no idea...
Nov. 24, 2009, 9:58 pm
Ben says:
"...investigators back to the apartment later in the day..."

Don't you mean WENT back to the apartment?

"The drug has a street value of approximately $3 million."

$ million per what unit of measure?

Read it before you publish it.
Nov. 25, 2009, 4:07 am
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
Bad Reporting. You relied on Weinstien too much. Weinstien is a dope. Invetigate, there is more to this story and the cops aren't telling you.
Nov. 29, 2009, 7:59 pm from balto. says:
how do we meet thesepeople?
Dec. 14, 2009, 8:52 am
Leslie from Williamsburg says:
Wait, they have garbage with zero contraband AND they carry boxes to their car? I think ALL my neighbors are running a "massive drug warehouse" !!

99% of busts are due to snitches, and the resulting 1% is bad luck. These guys seem to have played by the rules (no throwing out contraband, no noise complaints, etc) and that's why this article is lacking any clearcut evidence linking them to wrongdoing. Why were they under surveillance to begin with for example? obviously a confidential informant aka snitch is at work here.
March 2, 2011, 1:42 am
ally says:
Snitches? Really? Why do people have to denigrate people who don't like being surrounded by drug dealers?

Coke is a hugely destructive force, in the cities its consumed in and the countries where it manufactured. You should be thanking whoever called the cops on these guys.
July 9, 2011, 5:12 am
Tyrone from O town says:
all ways with a snitch. people need to learn to keep to them selves. he dint want to go to school and be a doctor. but still found a way to get 3 mill in coke. he made more right moves in his life then any of those people in the apartments obviously have done. legal or not those men put in work. more then most anyone does in their lifetime... gotta love snitches.
July 22, 2011, 1:22 am
Guelo from Williamsburg says:
Now that's true you have to do a lot of work being a drug dealer!,—— all the snitche's ...
Aug. 31, 2011, 9:55 pm

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