| NO. 2005-017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
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.
CLOSING ORDER LOCATIONS
Cocaine and ecstasy purchased by an undercover on three separate
16 West 22nd Street
Marijuana, cocaine and
ecstasy purchased on six different occasions.
40 West 20th
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
530 West 27th Street
Several incidents of
assault including stabbings, serving minors alcohol, drug use, drug sales and
undercover purchases of heroin and marijuana
RESTRAINING ORDER LOCATIONS
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.
146 East 23rd
Crystal meth purchased by undercover officers on three different