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by Peter Moskos

February 6, 2009

Drug free ain't gonna be

The New York Daily News has a story about police raids in the Queensbridge Homes.

59 people arrested in a "lengthy undercover probe" that "brought down an extensive drug-dealing operation.

Interesting, I thought. And not just because I live nearby and often ride my bike past The Bridge. No, it rang a bell. Ah, yes, here it is... a headline from 2005: Long Island City Drug Sting Rounds Up 37 Suspects.
The drug dealing started every day at 7 a.m., the police said, and was centered in a shopping area known as the Hill, at the heart of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City.

Drug dealers divided up the 26-building public housing development -- the city's largest -- and agreed to buy their crack and cocaine solely from a group of seven wholesalers and enforcers affiliated with the Bloods street gang, who called themselves the Dream Team, the police said.

But the enterprise, which the police say has been entrenched in the housing project for years, came to an end yesterday as the police and prosecutors announced the arrests of 37 people on state and federal drug charges.

The arrests, made over the past few days, ended an 11-month sting operation in which undercover officers bought 500 grams of cocaine from dealers and conducted surveillance at the project, the police said. The police are still seeking at least a dozen other suspects in the case, officials said.
Flash forward to 2009. There are still drugs. Still violence. Same homes. Same deal.

Back in 2005, Danny Jackson had it right: “‘It’ll cool down a bit, but the next generation will come,’ said Danny Jackson, 27, a rap artist who works in warehouses for $6.50 an hour to support himself, his mother and his year-old daughter.”

And in four more years we’ll do it all again, spending more money, risking more police lives, and throwing more people in prison for no real long-term gain.

We need to stop this nonsense and legalize it all. Otherwise how can we regulate it?


BG said...

you can't win, reductions in supply lead to an increase in price which makes it more profitable to be in the drug trade.

Anonymous said...

Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
The Talking Heads

Yes citizens, this time it's really over. Nothin' but sunshine and rainbows and laughing children. Nobody will want to get high anymore. All the drug dealers that ever existed are locked up. SHEEEEIT.

Anonymous said...

No one ereally knows how it is until you kive there. Queensbridge is like a trap by the NYPD (114th). They know what they are doing they lock up everybody so thenew generation could come out and continue where everyone else left off. This is the life we have all beconme accustomed to!

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