Pubdate: Mon, 04 Dec 2006
Source: Cambridge Evening News (UK)
Copyright: 2006 Cambridge Newspapers Ltd


Controversial Plans to Tackle Crime by Prescribing Heroin to Addicts 
Have Been Discussed by Campaigners in Cambridge.

Tom Lloyd, the former chief constable of Cambridgeshire police, met 
retired US narcotics officer Jack Cole to debate alternative drug 
laws on Saturday.

Both men believe current laws are failing, allowing criminals to 
control the supply of drugs and forcing addicts to turn to crimes 
such as burglary to fund their habits, and are campaigning for 
alternatives to be discussed.

Mr Lloyd, who retired as chief constable last year, said he and Mr 
Cole held a meeting with experts including police, policy makers, 
charity workers and university researchers to talk about their ideas.

He said: "I am very pleased Jack Cole was able to come over to 
Cambridge so we can discuss with all his experience the problems of 
prohibition of drugs, which has strengthened my view that it is time 
for a change of direction."

Mr Cole, who worked as an undercover drugs officer with New Jersey 
State Police, said: "We know prohibition doesn't work, we have seen 
that before in the US with alcohol.

"The day after prohibition was abolished in 1933, Al Capone and his 
gangs were off the streets and out of business, and they were no 
longer killing each other to control the illegal market, killing cops 
who tried to stop them, and killing children caught in the cross-fire.

"We believe the same thing will happen with drug dealers if we 
abolish the prohibition of drugs - it is a failed policy which is 
costing billions of pounds each year and it is time to look for an 

Mr Cole and Mr Lloyd will attend a seminar debating calls to abolish 
a United Nations convention on dangerous drugs, which bans member 
countries from legalising them, at the House of Lords today (Monday, 
04 December).
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