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Super Bowl sex, drug arrests underway in NYC

NYPD Busts Major Super Bowl Sex Ring

NEW YORK (AP) - Police were rounding up 18 people in New York City on Thursday on allegations they sold "party packs" of cocaine and sex to high-end clients and texted their customers to advertise ahead of this week's Super Bowl festivities.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said the arrests follow an 11-month investigation by the state Organized Crime Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York Police Department. About half of the 18 suspects had been arrested by 9 a.m. Thursday and brought to a Manhattan police precinct for processing before arraignment, a spokesman said.

Authorities said electronic and other surveillance and reviews of business records show the ring laundered money and credit cards through clothing, wig, beauty supply and limousine businesses and targeted wealthy, out-of-town customers, especially during large events. Prostitutes would bring cocaine to clients who ordered the so-called party packs.

While authorities say the criminal conspiracy extended to Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, the operation was based in Manhattan. A text to regular customers saying "new sexy & beautiful girls R in town waiting for u" was sent 10 days before Sunday's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands, which is expected to draw some well-heeled football fans to the city.

The ring also promoted the suspects' business with advertisements on the Internet and public access television and sometimes billed for cocaine as equivalent "hours" of prostitution, authorities said.

They allege that after clients were impaired by drugs, the ring would flood the room with additional prostitutes and repeatedly charge clients' credit card, at times more than $10,000 for one night. Through the front businesses, the group would charge credit cards for legitimate goods and services that were not provided, according to investigators.

"Drug trafficking and prostitution are a scourge on communities across our state," Schneiderman said.

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PRAISE GOD! January 30 2014 at 1:07 PM

Somebody(s) must have alot of money to spare !!!!!!

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wpa777 January 30 2014 at 2:16 PM

New York City=Rat Race.

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benakridge January 30 2014 at 2:19 PM

"Drug trafficking and prostitution are a scourge on communities across our state," Schneiderman said!

Until they can find a way to tax it. Then its revenue!

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Bob January 30 2014 at 2:24 PM

This is somehow news occurring near the sight of a large gathering? Yeah, right! There are at least fifty mega-conventions at the Javits Center in NYC every year and I would bet everything I have that these same activities are going on around every one of them.

This one is just busted at the Super Bowl so that law enforcement can grab the big headline. Give me a break!!

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moonbaby64man January 30 2014 at 2:27 PM

I have only one thing to say. GOOD

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chckpope January 30 2014 at 2:27 PM

I say a mutt willing to engage in such activity deserves what comes to them. Since when should they expect a pimp that sells women for sex would be on the up and up?

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pdonne9108 January 30 2014 at 2:43 PM

How come no arrests of purchasers of these "party packs" too much clout????

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kevinhh108 pdonne9108 January 30 2014 at 2:48 PM

It was Christie's party !

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Steve pdonne9108 January 30 2014 at 2:53 PM

I'm sure. They too should be rounded up and prosecuted. It's crazy how wealth insulates people from prosecution. After all, I'm sure it's no working class citizen that is buying "packages" for $10,000 a night. Or even buying tickets to the Superbowl. We pay for the stadium for the wealthy to enjoy it. Gotta' love the 'ol US of A! Geez.

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chairjet January 30 2014 at 2:43 PM

The biggest crime will be how all that big money dissapears to the powers that be in NJ. Lets see if East Rutherford and the surrounding areas taxes go down...I don't think so. The powers that be and the DCA will take it and some how say it was needed for some kind of safety thing.

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MMASSHAMMER January 30 2014 at 2:43 PM

Thats a shocker !!!!

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George January 30 2014 at 2:43 PM

A new meaning in a Super Bowl Romp.....................................................................

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