The NYPD arrested twelve people in and around Union Square Park's infamous "Methadone Alley" in a prescription drug selling crackdown.
The operation netted ten sellers, including two women, and two buyers in what one law enforcement source described as a drug "supermarket."
The drugs included 160 pills of Xanax, Klonopin which are used to treat anxiety, and two bags of herion. The arrests were made throughout the day on Tuesday by NYPD narcotics officers.
"After receiving complaints from the community Manhattan South Narcotics arrested 10 individuals for Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance and 2 arrests for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance ," the NYPD said in a statment.
A number of those taken into custody had prior drug arrests according to the police.
Area residents have voiced concerns that some of the criminal element has returned after a crackdown last year by police and PEP which dramatically cleaned up the park the east side of the park. - Geoffrey Croft
A police officer walked through an area of Union Square Park some law enforcement officials have dubbed Methadone Alley. The section is a bench-lined path located on the East Side of Union Square Park. The heavily used park is in close proximity to numerous methadone clinics. Last year Police had made 182 arrests in the park and surrounding area from April 1 - May 9th alone.
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