Two New Orleans men were found guilty recently of drug offenses, according to The Times-Picayune.
One man, Kerry Smith, a 35-year-old New Orleans native, was arrested for selling drugs in front of his house. At the time of his apprehension, more than 100 pieces of crack cocaine were found on his person. This was a repeat offense for Smith.
Smith had the option of a 15-year plea bargain but turned it down, only to have the jury convict him of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Smith faces thirty years to life.
In another case, Andrew Hankton was also found guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
The cases illustrate New Orleans’s crack cocaine problem. The main issue is that there are so many addicts in the New Orleans area that cracking down on dealers one at a time will never resolve the problem. Instead, effective rehabilitative measures have to be taken. New Orleans drug rehabs can provide the care and treatment necessary to help addicts become “ex-addicts.” If enough people recover from their addictions, then drug-related crime in New Orleans will go down.
Also, more educational efforts need to be undertaken to help New Orleans residents learn the danger of cocaine and other drugs before they even try them. In this way, it will be possible to keep people from ever becoming drug users and they’ll never have a chance to become addicted.
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