On early Monday, the New York Sheriff’s Department cracked down against “ghost cars” by towing 54 cars with fake license plates in upper Manhattan.
The NYPD’s 34th precinct started its operation at 12:15 a.m. until 5:15 a.m., which stretches from Washington Heights to Inwood.
The NYPD, through the order of Mayor Eric Adams, initiated the crackdown since “ghost vehicles” are popular among criminals.
The NYPD revealed that they discovered cocaine, marijuana, and fireworks inside the towed cars.
Department of Finance spokeswoman Jackie Gold said in one of the cars was a whiteboard with a handwritten menu of marijuana strains up for sale.
Gold added that police authorities also discovered more illegal paper license plates in some of the cars, which had become popular among drivers looking to skirt the law since 2020, when Department of Motor Vehicle operations slowed in states across the country due to the pandemic.
Adams earlier said an aggressive crackdown on the phony plates is needed since “ghost vehicles can’t be traced” and poses a safety threat to New Yorkers.