Operation Brick & Mortar


Police Bust Drug Ring That Fueled Greenwich Village Gambling Den

August 03, 2018 - 3:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police on Friday said they have busted a high-end drug ring that fueled a high-stakes gambling den in Greenwich Village.

As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, police said getting into one of the high-stakes card games at the three-story townhouse on Sixth Avenue near 11th Street was as easy as going on Meetup.com and searching “gambling New York City.”

“A famous author once described a dangerous two-way street that can suddenly make your life go all to pieces,” said Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor Chief of Investigations Joe Tesoriero. “He was describing gambling, but his remarks apply equally to drug abuse. We all know too well how the abuse of opiates can quickly turn into heroin addiction and can make someone’s life go to pieces.”

This ring served both vices – running card games at the Sixth Avenue location, and distributing cocaine and heroin from a stash house at 536 E. 5th St. in the East Village, police said.

The eight-month investigation dubbed Operation Brick & Mortar climaxed with a takedown in the dead of night, in which 32 people were arrested, and cash, drugs, and guns were seized.

“A lot of people that were addicted to these drugs and addicted to gambling, the people that are supplying them are off the streets today,” said Chief of Manhattan South Detectives William Aubry.