Oh wow, we did a short piece on large population of drug dealers in Washington Square Park last month and received some daring photos of their congregating every afternoon for what we guess is the pay off. Seems one guy is the boss and gives out the cash. It is disturbing to see how well established the trade is and how relaxed and indifferent to the police they are and how many sellers are involved. Years ago we recommended an annex of the 6th Precinct should be set up in the park—we will recommend it again.
When the weather warms, drug dealers occupy the northwest corner of Washington Square Park from afternoon through evening hours…they completely trash the area. This photo was taken about 5 p.m. on a Friday at the Northwest corner of the park; there is a round faced short grey-haired man sitting facing the pic…he is paying off the various drug dealers or runners from a wad of cash.
The heavy set man with the dark vest and black and grey sweats is the same man that was handing out money in a prior picture…he seems to be in charge from my observations. Also, he’s smoking. Park rangers ticket unsuspecting tourists for smoking but ignore smoking, drinking, gambling and drug dealing by these guys…no tickets for them!
Photos by Anonymous.