Cops Nab Alleged Dealers... Using Google Street View

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2010 9:38 AM CST
Cops Nab Alleged Dealers... Using Google Street View
Alleged drug dealers are seen on the corner of Jackson Street and Kingsland Ave. in this screenshot from Google Street View.   (Google)

Police say they’ve nabbed a trio of alleged Brooklyn drug dealers—after spotting them working a corner in Google Street View. In the photo, they’re not doing anything terribly incriminating, simply milling about outside a bodega. But the bodega’s owner complained to police that they were peddling heroin, and undercover cops soon caught them on tape stuffing heroin into a lockbox hidden behind a storefront sign, the New York Post reports.

“A lot of people sell drugs in front here,” said one employee of Neighborhood Grocery, the shop you can see in the picture. “They have to clean up the streets. Children learn what they see.” The owner of another shop says he’d close up from 7am to 11am, because “it was serving as a sanctuary for drug dealers.” Police took action with an undercover sting operation yesterday, nabbing seven suspects. (More Google Street View stories.)

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