Not every drug transaction ends in violence. But the potential for violence is not far away. Don’t believe me, next time you score an eightball of hydro from your hippie, dippy, peace, love and dope marijuana dealer, just take the dope and tell him you’ll catch him next week.
I have pointed this out before but the concept just doesn’t seem to take. Most drug users are drug dealers but not all drug dealers are users. As one of my snitches used to say, “Why would I want to take drug treatment, what I got, you can’t treat… it’s greed.”
The career criminal charged Wednesday with killing a Manhattan cop was on the street because a judge opted to send him to drug rehab instead of prison.
Tyrone (Peanut) Howard, who is allegedly responsible for the death of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder Jr., was allowed to enter a drug-diversion program after he was busted last year on a drug-peddling charge.
When I charge a defendant I have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant (not his brother or somebody that looked like him) possessed with intent or delivered a controlled substance ( identification of the substance supported by lab analysis under a strict chain of custody) for remuneration (payment). A dealer is considered an addict because he says he is.
For over ten years I asked multi-ounce crack cocaine dealers two questions: (1) have you ever used crack cocaine? and (2) Have you ever sold dope (crack) to a white boy? I have had two dealers admit to previous crack use and three admit to selling crack to a white boy, this out of 100 plus dealers. The rest gave a very emphatic no with a look that indicated they thought they were talking to the stupidest narc of all time. Yet at their sentencing everyone but one asked for and received court ordered drug treatment as part of their sentence. Upon successful completion of the program the dealer was eligible for a one year reduction in sentence. As an aside, the three that sold to the white boy also took a check. Actually, two of the three worked for a “leader organizer” so they were following orders.
I’m not saying rehab doesn’t work, but it doesn’t replace punishment for the original violation. I can’t help thinking that under a typical rehab scenario individuals who have been unsuccessful in dealing with addiction issues come together to discuss their addiction and how it has affected their life. Think about it, they failed as dopers, could it be their insights are flawed?
If Tom Peters had used this approach, he would have been hanging around bankruptcy court to research his book, In Search of Excellence.