Grandmother Has No Sympathy For Grandson Nabbed In Brooklyn Gang Bust


By NY Daily News

Shirley Gerard, though fighting back tears, showed zero sympathy for the drug gang corralled Friday in the Sheepshead Bay and Nostrand Houses — including her grandson.

Matthew (MZ) Gerard, 32, was one of 18 suspects charged in a crackdown on dope dealers in the New York City Housing Authority homes. Authorities broke down Shirley’s apartment door in their hunt for her kin.

“I raised Matthew and his brother as best I could,” said Gerard (photo), a 75-year-old lung cancer patient who struggled to catch her breath. “They got him. Let them keep him.”

Residents of one of the Brooklyn NYCHA buildings said the drug dealers seized control of a fourth-floor apartment belonging to a disabled 47-year-old man.

Mannix Carrion was briefly evicted last year for missing his rent payments, and returned to find the newly situated drug crew peddling PCP, marijuana, crack, cocaine and heroin from his home.

Authorities said a NYCHA worker provided access for the Towaz Boys drug operation to run a “New Jack City”-style sales operation from the apartment.

“Those guys took over his apartment,” said one elderly tenant. “There were five or six regulars, but a lot of men and women came and went.

 “You’d open your door and they’d be smoking crack and everything else on the stairs.”

She identified Gerard — who was permanently barred on three occasions from NYCHA properties — as one of the people living in Carrion’s place.

“I told (Carrion) to tell them ‘Get out,’” the tenant said. “He said they pulled a gun on him . . . They took advantage of him.”

Nina Strickland, 49, said her apartment was similarly co-opted by dealers when she was hospitalized.

“The gangs broke in, lit fires, sprayed graffiti and sold drugs out of here,” said Strickland. “(NYCHA) won’t give me a lock. So every time I leave out, anybody can come on in.”

NYCHA housing caretaker Shakina Rowe, 27, was charged Friday with giving the drug dealers access to the Nostrand Ave. building.

Two other agency staffers were busted for buying marijuana from the apartment-turned-drug den while in uniform and on the job.

Sheepshead Bay tenants association president Linda Wade, whose husband Ernest was arrested for selling heroin, was astounded to learn of Rowe’s role.

“Oh my God — her?” she said. “She’s such a good worker. How could she risk her career like this?”

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