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Three convicted of drug-related charges

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Three men, one accused of being the leader of a massive organization that flooded the Capital Region with drugs, were convicted of drug-related charges Monday, authorities said. The leader of the organization, identified as Guy Anderson, 40, now faces a mandatory life sentence on his conviction for operating as a major drug trafficker, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a release. Also convicted Monday were Jamel Pearson, 36, and Michael Williams, 27. Pearson also ...

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May 23, 2013
9:10 a.m.

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“Some New York neighborhoods are being destroyed by drugs,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday. “My office, with the assistance and collaboration of other law enforcement, is working to keep our streets safer and convict drug traffickers who plague our communities.”

What's destroying these communities is the policy of prohibition and it's disparate enforcement by the government. The drug war makes these neighborhoods more dangerous and those drug dealers sent to prison are replaced without missing a beat. The neighborhoods that are most effected by this failed policy have the least power to contest this pipeline to prison system. Those who profit from the drug war have all the juice in influencing our elected leaders. The drug war is being fought on a cosmetic level with no real reduction in drug use or reducing the availability of drugs on the black market. I wish the Gazette would report on these failures on a state-wide level and expose how the taxpayers in this state are getting no return for their money.