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Press Release | NO. 2005-017

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Press Release # 017
Friday, March 31, 2006

The New York City Police Department Announces The Closure Of Five Manhattan Clubs Under The Nuisance Abatement Law.

Two Additional Businesses Receive Restraining Orders

As a result of a nine-month undercover narcotics operation, five commercial establishments located within Patrol Borough Manhattan South are subject to temporary closing orders issued under the Nuisance Abatement law and two additional locations were issued restraining orders under the same law.

The Nuisance Abatement Law is used to close locations which are the site of certain types of illegal activity, including drug sales, marijuana sales, illegal gambling, prostitution, automobile "chop shops", trademark counterfeiting, sale of alcohol to underage individuals and unlicensed locations selling alcohol. The court may issue both temporary closing and restraining orders, or just a temporary restraining order, which leaves the location open but orders a stop to illegal activity. 

Beginning at 10 p.m. this evening, members of the NYPD's Narcotic Division, Quality Assurance Unit and the Manhattan South Vice Enforcement Unit executed five closure orders and two restraining orders at the following locations.


230 8th Avenue
Cocaine and ecstasy purchased by an undercover on three separate occasions.

Club Deep
16 West 22nd Street
Marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy purchased on six different occasions.

40 West 20th Street
Five undercover purchases of ecstasy on four different occasions resulting in one arrest.

50 West 17th Street
A total of $2700 worth of cocaine purchased over three separate occasions.

530 West 27th Street
Several incidents of assault including stabbings, serving minors alcohol, drug use, drug sales and undercover purchases of heroin and marijuana


Club Speed
20 West 39th Street
On different occasions, undercover officers observed marijuana use, sexual acts being performed for money, and cocaine being offered for sale. In addition, undercover officers purchased cocaine and were offered sexual acts for money.

Steel Gym
146 East 23rd Street
Crystal meth purchased by undercover officers on three different occasions.

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