Eight people accused of selling crack cocaine around Times Square, Manhattan, were arrested on Monday due to undercover investigative work by the HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) and the NYPD.
All the eight individuals are in their 30s and 40s, and are accused of running a 24-hour drug-dealing ring.
“As alleged, the defendants operated a veritable 24-hour open-air bazaar for the sale of crack cocaine in Times Square. We recall the bad old days of a much seedier Times Square that was unwelcoming, and we are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those days remain just a memory,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said.
The individuals are facing a minimum sentence of 10 years in jail and a maximum of life sentence, however, the final decision will be left to the judge.
The indictment, which was unsealed in a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, alleges that the defendants were operating, at least from December 2019 to August 2021, an all-day-long marketplace for crack cocaine near 43rd Street and 8th Avenue, which is close to Times Square.
Two of the defendants were often on a morning “shift” and others on a later one, although it wasn’t a set pattern.- READ MORE