BY JON CRONIN, Editor
Following a yearlong investigation, two brothers from Flushing were arrested in a drug bust last week, during which police allegedly netted 10,000 controlled substance pills, $150,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia, the Queens district attorney said.
The investigation, which began in January, culminated in searches of the brothers’ Flushing apartment, their two cars and a storage unit upstate.
If convicted, Mahmut Tashkent, 35, faces 20 years in prison and his brother, Shaadil Tashkent, 31, faces up to nine years. The pair were arraigned on Oct. 6. Mahmut Tashkent was ordered held without bail, while Shaadil Tashkent’s bail was set at a $200,000 bond or $150,000 cash.
The NYPD’s Queens South Gangs Squad and the DA’s Narcotics Investigation Bureau conducted physical surveillance, intercepted phone calls and analyzed the brothers’ GPS information provided by their cell phones.
Mahmut Tashkent was charged with fourth and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.
Shaadil Tashkent was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Mahmut Tashkent allegedly sold more than 62,000 controlled substance pills containing Alprazolam (the generic form of Xanax). Police allegedly discovered that some of the pills also contained Fentanyl on six separate occasions between Jan. 10 and Oct.5 . Shaadil Tashkent is charged with selling cocaine on three separate occasions between July 27 and Oct. 6.
When searching the storage unit at Capital Self Storage in New Hampton, investigators allegedly found approximately 10,000 controlled substance pills, a vacuum sealing machine, mailing envelopes and a digital scale. Police believe that Mahmut Tashkent used the unit store and packaged the drugs.
In their Flushing apartment, police allegedly found $154,900 in cash, an imitation pistol, a dagger, packaging materials and links to bank accounts.
Police also allegedly discovered two grams of cocaine in Shaadil Tashkent’s Mercedes Benz.
“A nearly year-long investigation into the illegal sale of powerful prescription pills resulted in a surprise early morning wake-up call for two Queens brothers as police, armed with a court-authorized search warrant, arrested them on drug-selling charges,” Queens DA Richard Brown said.