Meth dealer used Grindr to peddle his product
New York Post, July 25, 2016
A Manhattan meth dealer used “coded language” on Grindr to peddle his product — and was eventually busted by undercover cops who tracked him down through the gay dating app.
Harold Gondrez Jr., 55, was looking for a lot more than a hookup when police first spotted his profile on Grindr last month.
Sources told The Post that undercover officers, using the popular mobile phone app, noticed that he had posted specific words to his page “as a possible advertisement for drugs” — and soon began conversing him.
Over the course of three weeks, between June 20 and July 12, Gondrez sold more than half an ounce of methamphetamine to the officers, according to police.
On July 21, cops kicked his door in — raiding his Stuyvesant Town apartment at about 6 a.m.and uncovering five small baggies of cocaine, seven bags of meth, five pipes with residue and $4,000 in cash — some of which was found stuffed inside a couch and locked inside a safe.
Gondrez was taken into custody and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of drug possession, cops said
He was released without bail later that day and is due back in court on Sept. 14.
While it was unclear what words Gondrez used to lure in drug users, a law enforcement source said it was obvious what he was talking about.
“It was coded language that officers recognized as an advertisement for drugs,” the source said.