The Los Angeles Times has reported that a Harlem drug ring has been using an 8-year-old child as their lookout. Police say that the criminals were very organized and found large amounts of drugs and cash in the residence where the raid took place:

A major New York drug ring, which police announced this week had been destroyed, apparently relied upon an 8-year-old boy as a lookout, part of a calculating and highly regimented operating system that even officials said was impressive.

A Wednesday raid on the ring in East Harlem also turned up some surprises, such as 2 1/2 gallons of liquid PCP in Hawaiian Punch bottles and $39,000 in cash, New York police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference. Thirty-five people were arrested and charged with a total of 275 counts alleging conspiracy, drug possession and drug-selling.

“We had housewives, people going back with large amounts to their neighborhoods in other states. We had all … types of people,” police Inspector Lori Pollack said in an NY1 account describing the range of customers who frequented the business, which did more than $1 million a year in drug sales.

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