It's a dark day for fans of Nel-Boy Bagels' world famous Oxy 'N Lox sandwich: the Staten Island deli was shut down yesterday in a massive drug bust involving eight employees and 17 others, and all 25 have been indicted on felony drug charges. According to SI Live, customers could buy Oxycodone for $20 a pill. Authorities acted on tips from citizens passed to Councilman Vincent Ignizio that something was amiss at the deli. "A lot of people come into this deli and they don't come out with anything," a police source tells the Post. Does a smile count?
Dubbed "Operation Bitter Pill" by the NYPD last fall, authorities bought 2500 Oxycodone Pills, 368 Percocet pills, 245 Xanax pills, in addition to 300 grams of cocaine, two assault weapons and other automatic handguns in the sting the Daily News reports. Those arrested ranged from 17 to 54 years old, and aren't all part of the same drug ring, but "many independent drug dealers making thousands of dollars each month" out of the deli, Richmond County DA Daniel Donovan, Jr. said.