Thursday, October 19, 2006

Fort Wayne drug war, one resident fights back

There are parts of Fort Wayne where the residents feel like they are not in control of their own property; they feel the drug dealers are in control.

A friend of mine has elected to live in one of the poorest parts of Fort Wayne. He has lived there for nine years. He is an active Libertarian.

He has told me stories that would make your skin crawl. The drug dealers in his neighborhood honestly control the neighborhood. They use his property as if it is theirs. They show the residents no respect at all.

He does not really care if the drug dealers deal their drugs and leave the local property owners alone. Some of the drug dealers do just that. He does not like it when they:
Treat his property as if it is their property
Threaten and intimidate the people living in the neighborhood
Refuse to respect his property
Deal drugs on his property

The police cannot do ANYTHING to stop it.

I visited him yesterday after he called me and told me that someone had tried to burn his house down Tuesday night. When I pulled up he was explaining his problems to two Fort Wayne police officers and three more were in the area...

The first question my friend asked me is if I was armed. He was concerned for my safety. Based on what I saw yesterday I will be armed when I return to his neighborhood, I have to renew my concealed carry license anyway...

The Journal Gazette has a brief story about it in today's newspaper.


I may publicize more of this story down the road depending on what happens and depending on what the owner decides to do and what the police do.

I sincerely hope the Fort Wayne police department helps this resident. He does not feel safe in his own house and his neighborhood is 100% controlled by drug dealers.

We have 100% failed this neighborhood and this property owner. It is not the fault of the police officers who risk their lives just by entering this neighborhood. They should NOT be blamed. They tend to do a good job and I think they do the best that they can. I fully support the police.

The problem is the failed war on drugs.

This country needs to take a step back and decide what to do about drugs and drug abuse.

The war on drugs has 100% failed. Drug use is as large of a problem today as it ever was. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on this "war" and this money is wasted.

I am not sure what the answer is; however, "staying the course" is NOT an option...

The criminal justice system does not have enough room to incarcerate the drug dealers.
Our criminal justice system and our politicians have failed us.

The police ARE NOT TO BLAME.

This is a developing situation in my city that I will be watching closely.

The election is fast approaching; unfortunately, you will not hear politicians talking about how we can fix the failed war on drugs. They refuse to discuss it.

They stick their heads in the sand and just keep on wasting our money.

I think Mark Souder should spend some time in my friend's neighborhood so that he can see first hand what his crusade against drug dealers is doing to residents of his own Congressional District.

Note that I do not necessarily think that legalizing drugs is the answer either. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS. I just know that the war on drugs has failed...

I took a picture of the message my friend decided to send the drug dealers. The picture is not suitable for my blog. I strive not to provide content that will offend anyone...

The homeowner spray painted "Drug dealers suck pickles" on the side of his house and provided a picture...

I hope the drug dealers leave the property owner alone and I hope that the police help "re-take" my friends neighborhood.

I sincerely hope that my friend does not get hurt. Property owners should not feel threatened in their own homes.

Mike Sylvester


Andrew Kaduk said...

This is one of my favorite topics, by far. There is only one reason that people sell drugs: It's profitable. This is a simple game of economics, that could be easily won.

Step 1: Stop electing politicians to office who think they know what's best for everybody else. They don't.

Step 2: Decriminalize drugs to the same extent as alcohol and tobacco.

Step 3: Regulate the import and tarriff of foreign-made substances. Yes, some bootlegging will still exist, but as of right now, it is 100% illegally bootlegging.

Step 4: Let reputable businesses CHOOSE whether or not to offer such things for sale at their establishments. MANY will not. Some will. The market will take care of the supply/demand issues.

Step 5: Let States decide when and where they will allow the sales of such substances. If North Dakota decides they don't want pot within their borders, it's their job to police them. PERIOD. THEY can pay for all of the BS.

There are a few more steps to reversing the black market our government has created...but these are the most critical ones.

Robert Enders said...

This is an example of a law that is impossible to enforce consistently in every case. 51% of all adults have used illegal drugs. Are there enough jail cells to hold that many people?

Hey Mike, do you know why there is no movement to legalize cocaine for medicinal use?

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I know little about drug legalization...

John Good said...

I grew up SE and lived there until early 2005. MOST people cared about their neighborhoods; but that was easily cancelled out by those who did NOT.

The police dept. CANNOT control this situation; unless you want to increase it's size by 1000%, and live under constant watch.

I actually agree with Andy on this one: Legalize, control, tax, and drive out the bad elements who bring violence into the scenario. No profits, no crime.

Drug users will feed their need through whatever means available, whether legal or not. Indiana's alcohol laws are a good example. If you can't purchase beer on Sunday, you either learn to buy extra on Saturday or make a run for the border.

Legalize. Then you can treat the addict, rather than fighting the economics of the issue.

Andrew Kaduk said...

I live on "the border." You'd be amazed at all the Hoosiers over here buying Natural Light on Sunday...

Andrew Kaduk said...

It's amazing, the concept...

If you can buy pot at the liquor store, why would you need a seedy element of society to deliver it to the masses?

Turn the black market into a regular the problems vanish!

Robert Enders said...

Answer: Cocaine is already legal for medical use as a topical anesthetic.

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