East Harlem Drug Bust Nets 30 Gang Members
Police and FBI agents swathed in military-style fatigues swarmed three East Harlem housing projects early Tuesday, busting 32 people on gang and drug charges.
Cops and agents in body armor and toting assault rifles kicked in apartment doors at the Washington Houses on Second Ave. and E. 102nd St., the Metro North Plaza Houses on E. 101st St. near First Ave., and the Lexington Houses on Lexington Ave. and E. 99th St. about 5 a.m.
Member of Gang (El Capo) in East Harlem
The early-morning raid cracked a massive drug operation, where cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana and prescription pills were sold unfettered in the projects and surrounding streets, officials said.
“This morning is a very good morning,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said. “We were able to take 32 very bad people off the street. This is going to make East Harlem a lot safer.”
Cops and federal authorities had been investigating the drug trade in the three housing complexes for more than four years, police sources said.
The investigation took on more urgency in the wake of the slaying of NYPD Det. Randolph Holder on Oct. 20.
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Drug Addiction Rampant in Harlem and across New York
Drug addiction has taken to new levels in the state of New York and it’s inner city’s like Harlem the Bronx and other areas. It’s to the point where drug treatment programs don’t have enough beds available for the many addicts seeking treatment.
NYC has a major heroin problem right now which is leading to many busts all over the city to alleviate the issue. However this doesn’t really solve the problem.
There are not enough beds for addicts to seek treatment. They will just turn to other areas in NYC to find their drugs. We need to find a better solution for the addicts seeking help for drug addiction.