An ice cream parlor in a suburb of New York City has been shuttered after authorities raided it on suspicion that the owner was using it to manufacture crack cocaine.
LoHud.com reports that Patrick Kilduff, 36, the owner of Wally's Ice Cream Parlour in New City, N.Y., faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to the possession and sale of narcotics.
On Tuesday, police raided the ice cream parlor and the Rockland County Department of Health ordered it closed.
Kilduff was arrested during a daylight raid by Clarkstown police at the 145 S. Main St., shop, at the intersection of Third Street and Main Street — opposite St. Augustine Church and St. Augustine School. Police said Kilduff was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court in New City and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City pending another hearing.
Police said powder cocaine and crack cocaine were seized in the police raid. Police said the ice cream shop appears to have been used to process cocaine for distribution and sale elsewhere.
Tal Safran, 27, who grew up in New City, was surprised to hear that his childhood ice cream shop had become a source for drugs. "Wally's is a staple of the town," he told The Huffington Post. "I didn't even know there was crack in my hometown, much less on Main St."
The news comes only weeks after New York City man was arrested for selling oxycodone pills out of an ice cream truck in the borough of Staten Island.