Pubdate: Wed, 03 Jul 2002
Source: Macon Telegraph (GA)
Copyright: 2002 The Macon Telegraph Publishing Company
Author: Jo Ann Rape


I am glad Laurens County law enforcement and DEA are "rounding up" the 
cocaine dealers in the county. But let's take a reality break here. How 
many of these individuals have been arrested for dealing before? How many 
of them will be arrested again? How many of them will simply get a smack on 
the wrist and probation? How many of them have been identified as "third 
timers" according to the governor's "three strikes (and) you're out" rule?

Face it, chances are the law enforcement is only wasting time because these 
people will be granted bond, free on the streets, and returned to doing 
what they do, and likely, in the end, will end up with a plea bargain with 
the local district attorney. I live in Warner Robins, and all the things 
mentioned above happen everyday in Houston County. I know local law 
enforcement is sick and tired of locking these people up, only to have some 
smart lawyer get them out again.

There is nothing more to do for the working person but to just vote to 
legalize everything; let the government tax it and generate revenue for the 
state. Any other suggestions?

Jo Ann Rape

Warner Robins
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