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N.Y. officials bust prostitution ring

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NEW YORK — New York authorities cracked down Thursday on a prostitution ring that they said advertised on public access cable TV, took credit cards, and used text messages to market ‘‘party packs’’ of cocaine and sex to clients.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the gang had been under surveillance for 11 months, but authorities decided to act now in the hope of disrupting any parties that might have been in the works for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

Eleven people were under arrest Thursday, including a Long Island woman who authorities said went by the code name ‘‘Beige’’ and was the primary ringleader. Seven more suspects were being sought.

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