DRUG BUST AT AMSTERDAM HOUSES

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Police arrested 28 people March 16 for selling drugs out of the Amsterdam Houses. The accused dealers peddled marijuana, cocaine, crack and heroin, using five buildings in the complex as a hub for drug trafficking.

The 13-building complex, which stretches from West 61st to 65th streets, is near several schools, including Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Beacon High School and P.S. 191. In fact, law enforcement officials observed high school students being recruited and trained as lookouts and dealers during the nine-month probe into the drug operation. Three high school students were arrested in the drug bust.

The investigation was sparked by tenant complaints about heavy foot traffic in hallways and drug paraphernalia littering stairwells.

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