The New York Police Department launched a huge operation to close down a crime ring that tried to sell "party packs" to high-end clients ahead of the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl will be played at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium and is expected to bring a large amount of NFL fans to New York as a result.
While legitimate businesses are hoping to cash in on the extra footfall, illegal businessman have also been doing their darndest to make an extra buck.
The Associated Press report that 18 people were arrested on Thursday morning due to allegations that they were offering illegal "party packs" of cocaine and prostitutes to high-end clients that were coming to town for the showcase.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said that the arrests were the result of an 11-month investigation conducted by the state Organized Crime Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York Police Department.
The scam would target wealthy fans, who would be brought cocaine by prostitutes before subsequently handing over their credit cards.
The crime ring used personal texts and public access television and tried to extort wealthy businessmen.
Reports allege that once clients were incapacitated by drugs, the room would be filled with prostitutes and would repeatedly charge the client's credit card, sometimes at more than $10,000 per night.
"Drug trafficking and prostitution are a scourge on communities across our state," Schneiderman told the AP.
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