Wow! 90+ arrested in one of the largest drug busts in the area. RCPD, JCPD, KBI, etc. all working together to reduce crime in our communities. This had to be an extremely well organized and executed exercise. (And we have a commissioner who doesn’t even want to work with neighboring communities on traffic planning.)
Crack houses are a “quiet crime”. You can have a crack house next door and not know it. With this large of an operation and this many who will pay consequences, perhaps they will get the message that our communities will not tolerate this behavior. One of the things that hurts is the number of children removed from these dangerous environments and taken into protective custody. People who want to wreck their own lives by making the choice to become associated with these drug rings should lose their children. If there was some means to keep them from ever breeding, that would be the preferable option. However, the removal of these children will either force the parents to clean up their acts or the kids will be placed in foster care and, hopefully, not follow their parent’s bad example.
That also bring up the question, how many of the 90 dealers and addicts were receiving taxpayer funded assistance. How many of these were using ADC to feed their kids, while spending what they earn on drugs? There are many arguments against drug testing of welfare recepients. This drug bust, and the large number of people involved, makes an excellent case FOR drug testing before a person can receive assistance.
Our communities are a safer place to live and raise our children, today, thanks to the concentrated efforts of area law enforcement professionals. Thanks!!!!