BATH BEACH, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Officers from the NYPD’s Anti-crime team busted a Brooklyn drug ring Thursday, where they found a bounty of pills, weapons and even spare motorcycle parts.
The investigation began on Nov. 29 when plain-clothed officers witnessed 23-year-old Dmitry Kravchenko approach and converse with a man on Bay Parkway and Bath Avenue in Bath Beach, handing him cash and receiving pills in return around 12:36 a.m., police said. When the officers apprehended Kravchenko, they found several pills of Oxycodone, Ambien, Xanax and Lorazepam and he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
The seller, who officers determined to be 24-year-old Ahmad Mohammed, had fled into 8794 Bay Parkway after interacting with Kravchenko. Officers saw him emerge from that address when they returned around 12:25 p.m. to survey the area and witnessed Michael Morreale, 26, conducting a transaction of Oxycodone pills with him. Mohammed then went back into the house, and the officers approached and arrested Morreale on Bay 29th Street and Bath Avenue and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.
Minutes later, officers saw Mohammed emerge from his house again to sell Oxycodone to David Bobenchik, 33, before going back inside. The officers arrested Bobenchik on 21st Avenue and Cropsey Avenue after finding Oxycodone on him and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.
The Anti-Crime team was granted a search warrant for 8794 Bay Parkway and arrested Mohammed around 6:15 a.m. Thursday. During the raid, officers seized 291 Oxycodone pills, .06 ounces of Molly, 64 Clonazepam pills (also known as Klonopin) and 14 ounces of white powder, which will be tested to determine the substance.
Officers also seized a pill press, seven motorcycles, several motorcycle spare parts, a gravity knife, and two airguns. The investigation team found that the Vehicle Identification Numbers on the motorcycle parts were defaced and that Mohammed was swapping in parts with missing VIN numbers with parts that had the VIN etched into them.
Mohammed was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, altering a vehicle identification number, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a weapon. He has a arrest record dating back to 2007, which includes robbery.