A pair of suspected drug dealers who advertised their services on tongue-in-cheek business cards were charged Friday with selling cocaine and pot to NYU students and Manhattan partiers.
Thomas Zenon, 40, and Miguel Guzman, 43, were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court for running an expansive 24-hour enterprise that fielded hundreds of delivery requests a night. It catered to more than 200 clients.
The two Washington Heights men, who previously served time on federal drug charges, pleaded not guilty and were each held on $1 million bond. NYPD officers and investigators from the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor busted the men Wednesday night.
The arrests followed a three-month probe that blossomed out of a tip about the pushers' brazen business.
One card had a phone number and a Coca-Cola logo - a reference to cocaine. Another provided a phone number with a picture of a livery car and the words "Purple Rain ... Up in Smoke," a sly nod to weed.
A court officer initially contacted police after spotting the cards tucked in the pages of Village Voice newspapers stacked inside an NYU dorm on 10th St. and Third Ave.
Undercover cops made 12 cocaine buys from the dealers between October and January, authorities said. In two of the largest buys, officers paid $1,110 each for more than a half-ounce of cocaine.
The dopey partners mainly sold their stash to the bar-and-club crowd in the East Village and lower East Side, college students and Tribeca residents, sources said.
Guzman, a former college football player at Ohio State, was arrested carrying 16 grams of cocaine, more than $1,600 and four cell phones.
Zenon was busted with more than $600 on him. In his car, police found 20 bags of marijuana inside a coffee thermos, a Dasani water bottle with a removable bottom, a GPS device and two cell phones.
The two men's lawyer, Barry Weinstein, downplayed the charges.
"These are not giants of the industry by the people's allegations. We're talking about street sales," he said.
NYU students said yesterday that dealers occasionally approach them outside the 10th St. dorm.
Freshman Ian Rust, 19, said one pusher offered cocaine and handed him a card with a cellphone number and the words "Blow your Mind."
"When it first happened I was surprised they weren't getting arrested - it was pretty brazen," Rust added.
THAT'S CLEVER MARKETING! 2 DUDES GET BUSTED FOR SELLING COKE & WEED! THEY HAD THE COCA-COLA CARDS & PURPLE RAIN! TOO BAD THEY GOT RATTED ON!SOURCE