Monday, October 22, 2007

Turf War In The Tenderloin

Haight Drugs, Heart Newsom!

Mayor Gavin Newsom launched another operation targeting the drug trafficking in the Tenderloin, Mission and Market Street with a weeklong crackdown in which SFPD arrested over a hundred suspected drug dealers!!!

The latest sting went Monday to Sunday and involved officers posing as drug users seeking heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

Captain Tim Hettrich of San Francisco police narcotics detail said the price of drugs on the street is going up.
"That means there is not as much of it, or we are making a dent in making these buys."
Hettrich added nearly three quarters of the dealers were from outside the city and the narcotics unit seized $1.5 million in methamphetamine in the first six months of the year, and the price on the street has gone from $12,000 a pound to $17,000 a pound.

"It's like a farmer's market out there - a pharmaceutical market - it's non-stop. We are out there every day, week in and week out.”
With a price increase, he added, more dealers are coming from out of town and drug-related violence has increased as dealers fight over turf.
Complete Article: Tenderloin Drug Sweep by Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle

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