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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Another bar busted for serving up white powder specials

By Aimee Kuvadia
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Another bar in the Five-O has been busted for carrying more than just alcohol.

Six people were arrested on Saturday at around 1:35 a.m. on cocaine-related charges in and around Hudson’s Bar, located at 3713 Riverdale Ave.

Commander of the 50th Precinct Capt. Kevin Burke said he received a tip from an anonymous source that a patron was selling cocaine out of the bar, so he sent a field team to investigate.

An undercover officer observed three separate transactions, police said. Individuals came into the establishment, bought a one-gram bag of cocaine from a man sitting at the end of the bar and left, according to Capt. Burke.

Police said they apprehended the coke buyers — Sean Callahan, 37; John Glovack, 43; and Michael Jacobson, 28 — outside the bar and charged them with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Police then arrested Santiago Martos, 47 and Vincent Nelan, 66. 

According to the complaint filed by the Bronx District Attorney, Mr. Martos had 11 small bags of cocaine and police observed him taking money he earned from the illicit exchanges and putting it in a black fanny pack. Police said they observed Mr. Nelan, who was a bartender at Hudson’s, taking the fanny pack and placing it behind the bar.

Both were charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance. 

Police said they also arrested Parisa Catayon, 29, for criminal possession of a controlled substance after they caught her snorting coke she had just purchased in the bathroom. 

When a bartender at Hudson’s was asked on Monday about the weekend arrests, he said he knew nothing about it. But other regulars said they were not surprised that police finally busted the operation. 

The sting comes on the heels of an Aug. 23 arrest at Dorney and Malone’s bar on West 242nd Street and Broadway. Police armed with a search warrant recovered kilos of cocaine with an estimated value of $80,000 and large quantities of other controlled substances like Xanax, Percocet and hyrdrocodone during that bust and the bar was shuttered.

Hudson’s remains open pending a decision by the state liquor authority.  

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