New York Daily News

ACS worker and gangbanger in drug, gun bust

- BY JOHN ANNESE

A city child welfare worker was busted alongside a Bloods member with a violent past when a raid turned up a stolen gun and cocaine in their Bronx apartment, police said Tuesday.

Crystal Soto, 31, who works for the Administra­tion for Children’s Services as a child protective specialist, was arrested just before 6 a.m. after police conducted a search warrant at her Co-op City Blvd. apartment.

Police also arrested Kittisak Sriphirom, 35, who shares the 18th-floor apartment, cops said. Cops found a loaded 9-mm. Smith & Wesson handgun that was stolen from Florida, a large amount of cocaine and crack, and drug parapherna­lia, police said.

Police sources describe Sriphirom as a reputed Bloods member with a lengthy criminal past, including a 2005 arrest in connection with a nonfatal double shooting and robbery.

He was also sentenced to five years in prison, under the name Kihasak Sriphiron, for attempted robbery and attempted assault in 2011, public records show.

Both face multiple weapon and drug possession charges along with criminal possession of stolen property raps. They were awaiting arraignmen­t in Bronx Criminal Court.

“As soon as we learned of these serious allegation­s, the employee was removed from frontline duty,” a spokeswoma­n for ACS told the Daily News.

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