Police: Drug gang used 8-year-old boy as lookout

January 18, 2012 3:14:52 PM PST
Investigators say a New York City drug gang that specialized in PCP used an 8-year-old boy as a lookout.

NYPD officials and Manhattan prosecutors said Wednesday that the same East Harlem gang sold the powerful street drug to a woman who accidentally burned herself to death while smoking it.

The officials announced charges against 35 people in the 15-month investigation of the ring.

They said the lookout was considered a victim and is now in the custody of child welfare officials.

Police said the PCP was sold in $10 doses. It's typically mixed with marijuana and smoked for its hallucinogenic effects.

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