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Former Undercover Drug Narc on Why Police Don't Bust White People and How He Turned Against Drug War

Roc Martin: What was it like growing up here?

Neill Franklin: Back in the 60s, all of these wonderful row homes that you see all boarded up and vacant, they had people in them. In my neighborhood, we had doctors, and teachers, and businessmen. We had all of these positive influences within walking distance, but violence chased them away.

How did the violence start?
The drug trade. No, not so much the drug trade, but policing the drug trade. We always had drugs, but we didn’t always have violence in our streets. Back then, there were major drug organizations in the city that divided up different areas among themselves. “That’s your area, this is ours, and if we have problems, we settle them among ourselves.” Violence was bad for business. When the drug war began, though, we started dismantling those organizations. The vacancies that we created were filled by the sons of the men we sent to prison. The sons fought each other over who would fill those vacancies. They went to the street corners, and gangs started developing, and six organizations turned into 600.

So there’s actually an increase in violence after every drug bust?

Yes, that’s exactly right. There’s also an increase in overdoses. People overdose because their dealer got arrested and they have to go to a new dealer. With their old dealer, he always mixes it the same way, so they know what the potency is. Suddenly, though, they’re buying from this new guy and have no idea how potent it is. Too much and they’re dead. The problems of drug use and addiction are real, but the policies of prohibition don’t get rid of them and end up creating a whole bunch of other problems.

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Submitted by lambert on

... between finding a new dealer and overdoses but it's obvious once stated.

Also, not a bug but a feature.

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Submitted by rexvisigothis on

Anoher blood chilling phenemona, the most at risk addict is the recovering one encountering a relapse...all her hard work getting clean now makes her vulernerable to overdosing at a level that previously would barely get her habituated self high...all an artifact of prohibition, of course.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, eg., died of an overdose of prohibition, not an overdose of smack.

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

The whole damn thing. And the OD point is exactly correct and jibes with what I know.
Thanks for that article.