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Busts have no effect

Editor: How many times have we seen the photos of smug police officers sitting behind stacks of drugs, firearms and piles of money? Why do we keep seeing them, if the busts worked?

The reality is that in the U.S., two-thirds of all dollar bills are contaminated with cocaine. In other countries, such as New Zealand, that figure is 100 per cent.

Until we start treating drug addiction as a medical problem, and admit that our present drug policies only make criminal gangs rich and powerful, this will continue. The only thing that happens when you arrest a drug dealer is you create a job opportunity.

A recent big drug investigation in Vancouver cost tens of millions of dollars, and probably hundreds of millions. It will cost as much or more in court, and many of the individuals will likely be found not guilty.

It will likely lead to shootings, as the vacuum created is fought over by the up and coming dealers, and it will have no effect on the overall drug scene. In addition, countless policemen have been taken off the streets and will continue to be so throughout the trials.

As a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), I invite any of the agencies and officers involved to openly debate this issue.

Tony Smith,


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