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by Peter Moskos

June 17, 2008

Legal drug shakedown

NPR has a good story about law enforcement agencies seizing drug assets. It can pay for itself.

The kicker is this: police prefer to come in after the drugs have been sold because it's better for police to seize the money rather than the drugs. If police seize the drugs, the drugs are destroyed. If police seize the money from selling the drugs, they get to keep the money.

Talk about a dirty partnership. I thought robbing drug dealers was a crime.

4 comments:

Dave Hummels said...

You've hit the nail on the head. Why is change not occurring when the evidence for the failure of the drug war is so apparent at this point? Because the war pays so damn well, of course! If your town can get its very own SWAT team through robbery...err, asset forfeiture, then why would we stop the war. The drug war is like a big ATM machine for law enfrocement executives and politicians.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the word is getting out in a way no one can deny.

It's time to remove ALL the politicians that promote prohibition.

How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost?

PROHIBITED DRUGS ARE WAY EASIER FOR KIDS TO GET THAN REGULATED DRUGS!

PROHIBITION never works it just CAUSES CRIME, VIOLENCE, disease, corruption, wasted tax dollar spending, criminal / terrorist funding and a multitude of other harmful consequences.


The USA spends $69 billion a year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war.

In 1914 when there were NO PROHIBITED DRUGS 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, TODAY 1.3% of our population is STILL ADDICTED TO DRUGS BUT THERE’S WAY MORE CRIME AND VIOLENCE BECAUSE OF THE HUGE PROFITS PROHIBITION GENERATES. DRUGS TODAY ARE MORE POTENT, MORE READILY AVAILABLE AND LESS EXPENSIVE THAN THEY WERE IN THE EARLY 70’S WHEN RICHARD NIXON STARTED THE WAR ON DRUGS.

There’s only been one drug success story in history, tobacco, BY FAR THE MOST DEADLY and one of the MOST ADDICTIVE drugs. Almost half the users quit because of REGULATION, ACCURATE INFORMATION AND MEDICAL TREATMENT. No one went to jail and no one got killed.

DEMAND your Constitutional rights. The right; to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and many others have been denied to millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

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TackyParker said...

I listened to that bit on NPR, and had a question that maybe Officer Pete can answer for me.

Much to my wife's irritation, I often drive the speed limit - prevents me from getting tickets in the mail from the damn traffic cameras around here, and saves on gas. On the radio, I hear that only criminals do that.

Am I setting myself up for unnecessary traffic stops if I continue to drive that way?

PCM said...

Tacky, I think you'd be OK no matter. But I'd say go 5mph over the limit. Just for the sake of your marriage.