VIDEO: Brooklyn DA nabs ice cream truck drug dealer in ‘Operation Snow Cone’

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office arrested a Brooklyn drug dealer last night with an unusual M.O.: Mina Gatas, 20, is accused of selling cocaine out of an ice cream truck.

The DA’s office said the surveillance video above captured the drug deal that went down between Gatas and an undercover officer in Gatas’ co-owned ice cream truck.

District Attorney Charles Hynes was appalled at the manner in which Gatas sold his goods.

“He brazenly sold large quantities of drugs right from the ice cream truck while children bought their ice cream just a few inches away,” Hynes said.

Gatas also worked at a halal deli in Bay Ridge, which is where the DA’s undercover officer first made contact with him. Gatas apparently told the officer “that he could get him some narcotics,” according to a press release from the DA’s office.

The two exchanged numbers and apparently chatted frequently over the next few days in anticipation of the sale. Gatas allegedly sold drugs to the officer on two separate occasions: once in his car near the deli, where Gatas touted how much money the officer would make reselling the 13 grams of cocaine he was purchasing – after “diluting” the goods — and a second time inside the ice cream truck at Owls Head Pier at Shore Road and 69th Street.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office said this is the ice cream truck where 20-year-old Mina Gatas sold cocaine and Oxycodone.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said this is the ice cream truck where 20-year-old Mina Gatas sold cocaine and Oxycodone.

The second time, the officer followed Gatas into the ice cream truck, requested a vanilla cone, and passed Gatas a hat with money in it. Gatas placed cocaine and Oxycodone pills in the officer’s hat, asked him if he wanted sprinkles, and gave him an ice cream cone. On that occasion, Gatas bragged about the quality of the drugs. This deal was caught on surveillance camera.

Gatas faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

Local

New York joins accord to strengthen popular vote…

New York State joined a nationwide effort that would gives the state's 29 electoral votes for president to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

National

Missouri man charged with sexually torturing five women

A Missouri man has been charged with raping and torturing five women in a St. Louis-area apartment over several years, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Report: NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance program

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the police unit behind NYPD's Muslim surveillance program was disbanded.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Accomplice Tour: New York (Spoiler Alert)

When I signed up for the Accomplice show tour, I had no idea what I was in for. But every grimy job comes with a great reward.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

NBA

Nets miss chance to clinch No. 5 seed…

Nets head coach Jason Kidd expressed little concern after a 109-98 loss to the Knicks, but others seemed to disagree.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Comments

1

  1. Another piddling farce by the (chuckle) “Major” Narcotics Investigations Bureau, where Maria Haymandou is senior ADA. As far back as 2006, Haymandou has had affairs with at least three of the married DA investigators whom she routinely put on the stand as witnesses in grand jury presentations which at the time resulted in hundreds of indictments and guilty pleas. They even trysted in a motel where one of their targets was conducting his drug business.

    Dozens of prosecutions of major drug conspirators would have been threatened because of the appearance of impropriety. Wonder if that kind of thing still goes on there.

    Ahhhh, truth.