Three World Trade Center concrete workers were just arrested on charges they’ve been peddling drugs to other hardhats at the world’s most famous construction site, The Post has learned.
Port Authority investigators were tipped off about seven months ago that a drug ring was operating at the problem-plagued WTC site and traced it to the trio who work for Sorbara Construction of Lynbrook, LI.
A woman who answered the phone at the contractor’s Lynbrook office said the company had no comment.
“We got these guys; now we’re going to lean on them to give up their source,” one PA official said.
The ring found an easy environment to operate in because “it’s a construction site,” the source said. “There aren’t any cops walking around.”
Arrested are: Brian McDermott, 34, of Brooklyn; John Fama 30 of Jersey City, NJ; and Cesar Rivera, 25 of The Bronx. All are facing five counts of drug sale and possession.
The WTC reconstruction has been plagued by a series of work place accidents, though investigators were quick to caution that they don’t yet know whether drugs have played any role in those incidents.
The Post has also detailed a wide-ranging problem with hard hats downing booze during the work day at the WTC. As a result, the PA has cracked down by rounding up construction workers found drinking, arresting them and permanently revoking their credentials to work on the site.
“There is no place at the World Trade Center site for those who want to use or sell illegal drugs thereby endangering their co-workers and the public. 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,” PA executive director Pat Foye told The Post.