BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Putting a bit of a dent in the narcotics scene in and around Washington Square Park, police have recently busted some dealers packing sizable quantities of drugs.
On Tues., Aug. 15, 6th Precinct officers spotted drug sales going on in the park’s northwest corner and arrested a man there allegedly in possession of 20 bags of heroin and 15 bags of crack cocaine and apparently some various other drugs, too, which a tweet by the precinct referred to as “etc.”
Another great drug arrest in #WashingtonSquarePark 👏 Our Officers are out ensuring the park is a space everyone can enjoy. Today we were able to arrest a drug dealer with 20 bags of Heroine, 15 bags of Crack, etc. Great work by our public safety team 👏 pic.twitter.com/5ly3g9fy3H
— NYPD 6th Precinct (@NYPD6Pct) August 15, 2023
Although not posted to the 6th Precinct’s X (formerly known as Twitter) page, that same day, local cops arrested a man for riding an electric scooter on the sidewalk on Sixth Avenue at Ninth Street. According to police, he was subsequently found in possession of quantities of heroin and crack. Captain Jason Zeikel, the precinct’s commander, said the individual is “known to police” but also known mostly for doing his business in Midtown South rather than Greenwich Village.
In another hard-drugs bust that was posted on X, 6th Precinct officers on Aug. 1 nabbed an individual allegedly in possession of 80 bags of crack and heroin on Eighth Street just west of Sixth Avenue.
👏Great work by Police Officers Rodelli and our entire Public Safety Team. Arresting and Recovering over 80 bags of alleged crack and heroin on 8th Street. Thanks to their quick actions the #WestVillage is a safer place tonight. pic.twitter.com/WVhJmuAeHg
— NYPD 6th Precinct (@NYPD6Pct) August 2, 2023
In terms of milder substances, the precinct continues to confiscate pot and mushrooms from illegal vendors in Washington Square Park. Although adult use recreational marijuana has been legalized in New York State, it’s still illegal to sell it without a license — plus, weed for smoking is not considered “expressive matter” protected by the First Amendment, like literature or artwork. Police are giving summonses for illegal food vending since marijuana is an ingestible product.
Selling marijuana & marijuana products in Washington Square Park is illegal. When caught products will be confiscated & you are subject to summons or arrest. If you are interested in purchasing cannabis products do so from a NYS licensed dispensary not a random person in the park pic.twitter.com/O6fvPBVYmR
— NYPD 6th Precinct (@NYPD6Pct) July 16, 2023
🚨Selling marijuana & marijuana products in Washington Square Park is illegal! Illegal products will be confiscated & you are subject to summons or arrest(see 📸 below). If interested use a NYS licensed dispensary 🎯 pic.twitter.com/Xc9VaiOSzJ
— NYPD 6th Precinct (@NYPD6Pct) August 11, 2023