Congressman Adriano Espaillat Leads Press Conference on Vermilyea Avenue Discussing Inwood Drug Arrests

January 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY13) held a press conference with officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and state and local officials to discuss last week’s arrest of 32 individuals accused of running a drug marketplace on Vermilyea Avenue in Inwood. 


“I want to thank the NYPD for this significant drug arrest made last week in Inwood on Vermilyea Avenue,” said Rep. Espaillat. “The safety of our community is critical and has long been a top priority. We must work together to ensure our neighborhoods are safe and rampant drugs and related violence do not prevail. This block has been the source of many resident complaints, and I commend Police Chief Lori Pollock, Chief Kathleen O'Reilly and Commission James O’Neill for their swift and diligent efforts to bring peace to this neighborhood.”


“I applaud the hard work of the NYPD's 34th Police Precinct in uncovering this drug trafficking ring and in bringing its leadership to justice. This kind of in-depth investigation of the high-level criminals who flood our streets with hard drugs is absolutely necessary to keep our community safe for children and families. Focusing on low-level offenders is a superficial and disruptive solution to our community's problems, and I am glad that the NYPD is holding not just street-level dealers, but also suppliers, accountable for breaking the law and for exploiting this community," said NY State Senator Marisol Alcantara.


“I applaud law enforcement officials for their diligent work in helping to rid our community of individuals who were adding to a rampant drug culture. This latest bust signifies our commitment to maintain public safety and quality of life for the hard working men and women of this district,” said NY State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa.


“As the NYPD and other Law Enforcement agencies work to rid our community of the drug-ridden remnants of the past, major busts like this are welcome news,” said NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. “I applaud their work and hope to see their continued vigilance as we continue to improve our community.”


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