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'Mid-level' addicts

Matt Westerhold • Sep 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Excerpt from Westerhold's Between the Lines column in the Sunday Register:

It seems reasonable that a five-year investigation should end with the arrest of big-time drug dealers and the confiscation of huge caches of illegal drugs as well as the cash profits, cars, homes and SUVs held by those kingpins. But there was none of that presented at the news conference, and likely nobody of any consequence in the ongoing illegal drug trade was arrested or stopped from continuing their profitable businesses.

The only arrests DeWine and Overmyer spoke about were the "mid-level" dealers, which is just a phrase, perhaps, to describe people addicted to drugs who sell drugs to pay for their addictions. They both touted the culmination of the investigation as a huge success that will make our communities safer. But that's just silly. The investigation won't have any impact on the profiteering of illegal drug cartels and won't do anything to address the problem of addiction or crimes associated with it. 

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