NYPD Made a Drug Bust à la The Wire

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27:  Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) take part in a promotion ceremony attended by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Police Headquarters on January 27, 2012 in New York City. Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down, saying that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. Commissioner Kelly refused to answer questions relating to rape allegations involving his son, TV host Greg Kelly.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Police charged eleven and arrested an alleged Alphabet City drug kingpin after a nearly two-year investigation that involved wiretapped cell phones and undercover officers, with scenes that sound like they’re straight out of The Wire. In order to get close to Dwayne Mitchell, who allegedly ran the crack trade on Avenue D, investigators used an undercover officer and tapped the cell phones of his crew. He allegedly ran his operation from a courtyard in the Jacob Riis Houses. “Prosecutors say Mr. Mitchell held court there, using cellphones to transact business and dispatching members of his group to make sales,” the New York Times reported. It’s reminiscent of Marlo Stanfield in that concrete park from the show, though apparently Mitchell wasn’t as careful.