ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (/CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities have arrested three people following allegations of prostitution and drug use at a senior citizen housing complex in northern New Jersey.
Authorities have charged 75-year-old James Parham and 66-year-old Cheryl Chaney with possessing drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug nuisance at the six-story Vincente Tibbs Senior Citizen Building in Englewood.
Parham also admitted providing prostitutes to some of his younger neighbors, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told The Record newspaper.
Police also charged 54-year-old crossing guard Selma McDuffie, who frequented the building, with having a crack pipe, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported. McDuffie has been suspended from her job.
Chief Arthur O’Keefe told the newspaper residents were essentially prisoners in their own building.
“You’ve got all sorts of people coming in there,” one resident said. “They [police] are cracking down on them, it’s good.”
The Englewood Housing Authority manages the 152-unit property, which serves the disabled and low-income residents who are 62 years and older.
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