Get this: People are selling sex and drugs to the rich tourists in New York for Super Bowl week! It doesn’t always go so smoothly: Today police began arresting 18 individuals wanted for selling sex and cocaine “party packs.” The investigation took 11 months.
The scheme, says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, was similar to the one that ensnared John Bolaris in 2010.
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.
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.
CNN reports the police say cocaine code names used by those charged were “party,” “jewelry,” “powder,” “maek” and “Soojaebi.”