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New York City man used Grindr to sell meth: NYPD

July 28, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New York City man used Grindr to sell meth: NYPD

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A meth dealer in Manhattan used “coded language” on the Grindr app to push his product. The man was busted by undercover officers who were able to track him down on the gay dating app.

According to the New York Post, 55-year-old Harold Gondrez Jr.’s Grindr profile was first spotted by authorities last month.

Undercover officers, using the cell phone app, noticed that Gondrez was using specific words on his profile “as a possible advertisement for drugs.”

Over the duration of three weeks, between June 20th and July 12th, Gondrez sold more than half an ounce of meth to the undercover officers.

On July 21st, cops raided his Stuyvesant Town apartment at about 6 a.m.and discovered seven bags of meth, five small baggies of cocaine, five pipes with residue and $4,000 cash — some of which was found hidden inside a couch and locked inside a safe.

Gondrez was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of drug possession.

He was released from custody without bail later on in the day and is scheduled to appear in court on September 14th.

Although it is unclear what words Gondrez specifically used to entice his clients, a law enforcement source said it was quite apparent that he was talking about drugs.

The source said, “It was coded language that officers recognized as an advertisement for drugs.”

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