Dealing for dollars

In today’s drug market, dealers are more concerned with profit rather then race

Gregg Reese OW Contributor | 10/5/2018, midnight
It is perhaps fitting to start this overview of drugs in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Rampart...
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It is perhaps fitting to start this overview of drugs in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Rampart, just west of downtown, the site of the Rampart Division Scandal that tarnished the city. The building I’m in houses the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for Los Angeles (LA-HIDTA). HIDTA was formed in 1990 to address narcotics activity in (usually urban) areas designated as a major drug-trafficking vicinity within the United States (there are 28 such areas across the country, with another recently added in Ohio by President Trump).

Concerted Efforts

An underlying mission behind HIDTA might be to mitigate the inter-agency rivalry so common between individual agencies. Thusly, within these walls representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), and well over a dozen other local, state, and federal agencies co-exist and collaborate to suppress the scourge of dope in the City of Angels (one of those present acknowledges that four other units active in the area are not represented here, although their presence is known, and likely monitored).

The DEA agents I’m meeting represent 50-plus years of experience in combating the influx of mind-altering substances into America. Now approaching middle age, they serve in administrative or media liaison positions. While the DEA’s jurisdiction spans the entire world, the people in the room have been stationed primarily in the southern and western United States.

The world of narcotic trafficking today is a global affair, one in which the more traditional, tribal conflicts of ethnicity and racial animosity take a backseat to the more tangible matters of economic growth, i.e., cash flow. Recently in the Mississippi prison system, two Chicago gang transplants, the Black Gangster Disciples and the White Simon City Royals, formed a mutually beneficial union. In return for protection within the prison walls, the Disciples aided the Royals with their drug trade on the streets. This strange arrangement between groups not traditionally tolerant racially, will replicate itself in other locales, between Latin Cartels and their Asian, Black, White, and Chicano minions on the street.

Illicit affiliations

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—interaction between two different organisms living in close physical

association, typically to the advantage of both.

—a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.

Within the continental United States, the Mexican cartels reign supreme as the primary importers of mind-altering substances, meaning that they supply all of the various racial criminal apparatuses of any consequence dealing dope within these boundaries. If history has any bearing on the progression of civilization, it shows that the pursuit of currency trumps issues of politics, religion, or any ideology connected to the human experience.

Initially however, forces with a common ethnicity bring these substances over the border, as LASD Lieutenant Glenn Walsh acknowledges.

“The cartels looks for people in the US who are from their local area, are related in some way, or have ties to Mexico in some way,” Walsh said.

Once the product is in country, the choice of business associates becomes a matter of expedience.