Back in 2012, Nicole McNair-Moultrie was put behind bars, along with her elderly mother, Doris Smith, on conspiracy charges.They were locked up following the mass arrest of 35 people tied to a million dollar Harlem PCP ring, that also distributed crack and heroin, run out of the Milbank-Frawley projects, by her husband, Lamont “Big Bro” Moultrie, and his brother, Bernard. McNair-Moultrie was paroled in November 2014, and came home to quite a financial blessing. An apartment she bought from the city of New York for $250 in 2004, was flipped to $430,000.
The three-bedroom apartment on 101 W. 115th St. was purchased from the city Department of Housing and Preservation Development, a program that “sought to encourage home ownership in Harlem by selling and renovating city-owned properties,” according to DNAInfo. In January 2015, the co-op board sold the apartment to a teacher that worked with an East Harlem tutoring program. DNAInfo elaborates:
Apartments in the HPD program can be sold for any price but the buyer’s income cannot be higher than 120 percent of the area’s average median income. The seller also must pay a 30-percent flip tax on the sale price. That money is returned to the co-op to fund the building’s reserve account.
However, Manhattan prosecutors are not too happy with the sale, and look to strip McNair-Moultrie of proceeds from the sale. “Nicole Moultrie is now out of prison and able to enjoy the fruits of her husband’s drug trade,” wrote prosecutor Lynn Goodman in a civil forfeiture petition. “Meanwhile, the other tenants who lived at 101 West 115th Street in 2011 had to endure a nightmare,” the petition reads. “Their building stank of PCP. They couldn’t use common storage areas. Lamont Moultrie left angel dust on the washing machine.”
Prosecutors say the Moultrie PCP ring took in $1.5 million in one year, but profits are believed to be way higher. The headquarters was their Harlem apartment’s co-op building. Their lookout was an 8-year-old boy. One of their customers burned herself to death while getting high in the hallway. PCP is said to have been stored in the laundry room. According to the NY Daily News:
The upstairs apartment served as the heart of the PCP trade, with gang underlings dipping spearmint leaves into 5-gallon cans of the liquid drug.
The angel dust-laced leaves were then sold for $10 apiece by dealers at three open-air Harlem drug markets — earning the gang its nickname, the “Kings of Dust.”
During the raid, 7.3 gallons of sherm, worth $4.7 million, was seized. $40,000 in cash was found in McNair-Moultire apartment. Lamont and Bernard Moultrie pleaded guilty to violating NY state’s drug kingpin laws and a count of manslaughter for the killing of a rival.
McNair-Moultrie has already spent $43,325 on Jeep, which was purchased with a cashier’s check last Spring. The prosecutors are looking to freeze her ban account to prevent anymore spending. “It is reasonable to conclude that upon learning of the district attorney’s efforts to forfeit her property, Nicole will take steps to hide her assets and make them unavailable for forfeiture,” wrote Goodman
Doris Smith (a.k.a. “Mama Dot”) also purchased an apartment in the same building from the Department of Housing and Preservation Development for $250. Hers was sold for $475,000 in April 2015, however, the profits from the sale were held in escrow by the co-op, after the board inquired whether she owed any money for her crimes. A forfeiture filing was made against Smith in October. She was released in August 2015.