A Few Seconds in the Life of the War on Drugs

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I consider portions of American life to be an insane asylum — airports, for example. But the local news here always provides more examples. Today, up the street 8 miles in Lockport in a Wal-Mart parking lot, police arrested a man with an alleged methamphetamine lab in a van. The DEA got into the act too. Over at a nearby County Courthouse, a 47-year old woman is alleged to have passed drugs to her stepson.

I’m not done yet. There is drug arrest news from Alleghany County. Now get this. No less than SEVEN (7) different police organizations are involved in arresting 6 persons. This includes two State Police, 3 town departments, a regional outfit, and a sheriff. The six people allegedly possessed and sold crack cocaine and other controlled substances. Their ages are about 24, 33, 36, 39, 49, and 53. The next one is a guilty plea from a prison guard (Thompson) for the punching out of a man in jail (the victim). We know this happened, and this is mild as these things go. This incident is but a few seconds in the ongoing drug war. Thompson gets an anonymous tip that there are drugs in the jail. He asks the victim, and the latter tells him it’s someone in another cell. Thompson searches and finds nothing. He comes back to the victim and tells him he lied and because he lied he “had to take a shot to the gut” in the article’s words. The victim gets to choose which deputy will deliver the shot! This he does, and he duly gets punched out.

2:13 pm on June 28, 2012