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Ravenswood Man Pleads Guilty for Peddling Heroin in NYCHA Housing Development

Ravenswood Houses at 36th Avenue and 14th Street (GMaps)

July 27, 2019 By Christian Murray

A 38-year-old Ravenswood resident who distributed cocaine and heroin in and around the NYCHA housing projects on 36th Avenue pleaded guilty to drug charges last week.

Jamarl Gilmore, who ran a crew of drug dealers out of the Ravenswood NYCHA development, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and is expected to be sentenced to eight years in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

“The defendant made his business dealing poison in a neighborhood filled with families and children,” said Acting District Attorney John M. Ryan in a statement. “Peddling potentially deadly drugs for months, the defendant was caught red-handed selling his illicit merchandise to undercover police.”

Gilmore, along with a number of other men, was arrested following a long-term investigation. Pursuant to a court-authorized warrant, police listened in on his phone conversations where various drug orders and meeting places were arranged—where cash was later exchanged for heroin and/or cocaine.

The drug dealing took place between March 2018 and April 2019, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Gilmore is scheduled for sentencing before Queens Criminal Court Judge David Kirschner Sept. 5.

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Third mind

But the gang members who where white coats… Sorry, doctors, who hand out opioids still are ok? Can you start seeing how the system is designed?


Great job deflecting! Let’s justify these dirtbag heroine dealers living in tax payer subsidized projects by focusing on dirtbag corrupt doctors. Good strategy!


Ravenwoods just like the other sevelopments in the area has drugs dealers living there for years yes going back to the 1960s early 70s and to say it’s becomming Queens bridge is digusting focus on bringing programs to the area for the kids,stop assuming people moving in dont want better.


It’s Amazon’s fault. If they came here, he would have gotten one of those million dollar per year jobs that Amazon planned on giving to NYCHA residents and he wouldn’t be selling drugs anymore.

Sara Ross

I grew up in Ravenswood in the 1960’s-early 1970’s and it breaks my heart to see what it turned into. It’s turning into Queensbridge which still amazes (disgusts?) me is the same as it was when I was in Ravenswood. Doesn’t ANYBODY that moves in there want to change things? Instead of more residential buildings, build community centers so kids can learn skills and play sports and not think that drugs are the only future they have.


If you love the neighborhood so much, why don’t you go back and show them how it’s done yourself instead of complaining about how someone else should do it…

Gary AQ

These guys were selling heroin while living in tax payer subsidized housing. I call that the double whammy!


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