More than two dozen people were arrested for selling cocaine, crack and heroin out of a housing project next to
near Lincoln Center, authorities said.
New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday that the sweep had targeted Amsterdam Houses, a drug-plagued housing project just behind the Metropolitan Opera House.
The neighborhood also is home to five schools, including Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts.
The cocaine and heroin ring used high school students as lookouts and trained them to handle money and speak to potential buyers, authorities said. Three of those arrested were high school students who lived in the complex but did not attend LaGuardia.
The investigation was launched after residents complained about dealing in lobbies and stairwells and finding drug paraphernalia scattered about the hallways.
During the nine month probe, undercover officers made more than 50 drug buys in five of the complex's 13 buildings, police said.