Pubdate: Tue,  4 Feb 2003
Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
Contact:  2006 The Sun-Times Co.
Author: Derek Rea


Regarding "Crime again fell in Chicago in '02" [news story, Jan. 24]: One 
statistic stood out like a sore thumb--"A record amount of narcotics was 
seized: cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs valued at $833 million."

This not only illustrates the amount of money involved in the underground 
drug market, it also puts a spotlight on the billions of dollars spent to 
stop those drugs and how we are doing.

Crime down and drugs up: Something's not right. That's the opposite of what 
we are told on a daily basis.

Derek Rea,

Granite City