02/22/2013 01:52 pm ET

WTC Construction Workers Busted For Selling Marijuana, Port Authority Says

By Aidan Gardiner, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — They were helping to build the city's highest building — while also helping folks to get high on the side, officials said.

Three construction workers were busted Friday morning for selling pot at the World Trade Center, the Port Authority said.

Several undercover officers bought weed from the three workers as part of a seven-month investigation into activity at the site, a Port Authority spokesman said.

The workers — Brian McDermott, John Fama, and Cesar N. Rivera — were employed by Sorbara Construction Corporation and have been banned from the site, the spokesman said

They were charged with criminal posession and sale of marijuana, he added.

"There is no place at the World Trade Center site for those who want to use or sell illegal drugs thereby endangering their coworkers and the public," Port Authority Director Pat Foye said in a statement. " We will not tolerate this behavior, and those who try to get away with it will be caught, prosecuted and permanently tossed off the site.”



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