Orange County Gets Federal Help In War On Drugs

GOSHEN, NY (WCBS 880) – Orange County admits that it has problems with the Bloods and the Latin Kings gangs.

But now the White House says it will help the county fight the illegal drug trade.

Newburgh clearly is a problem. Middletown has a significant drug presence,” says District Attorney Francis Phillips, who is not happy that his county has been named as a high intensity drug trafficking area, but he welcomes the help.

“Given the limitations on local resources, clearly the federal assistance is very welcome,” says Phillips. “The only way to deal with these organized gangs which are running the drug trade, particularly the Bloods here in Orange County, and to a certain extent, the Latin Kings, is to have federal resources directed at them.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi With The DA

The designation means that federal, state, and local government will all work together to fight crime.

  • Chet Payne

    The war on drugs. Another words making the CIA along with “the powers that be” rich when you KNOW FOR A FACT BEFOREHAND this “war on drugs” is a GUARANTEED failure!

  • Ed D

    Prohibition CAUSES gangs, crime, violence and corruption. The only way to deal with gangs is to eliminate their monopoly by ending prohibition. The only way to keep gangs in business and make them stronger is to continue prohibition. Prohibition is fraud against the American people. Just keep believing the lie and the gangs will become more powerful. Thousands more will die and we will continue to throw billions and billions of dollars away promoting bigger government, corruption and gangs. Insanity! Time to eliminate the DEA!

  • Brandt Hardin

    The War on Drugs failed $1 Trillion ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it. Voice you opinion with the movement and read more on my artist’s blog at

  • nyc

    Let’s look at this : no jobs, bad economy, prices going up, no mentor jobs, tens of thousands of Illegal guns on our streets and a violent society ! More drug dealers, more crime. This is not a pretty picture !

  • Dee Tee

    Things will never change simply because too much money is being made the way things are!! Bottom line!!

  • Malcolm Kyle

    When we legally regulate (as opposed to prohibit) something we do NOT automatically condone it’s use; the legal regulations concerning the sale and manufacture of alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality and mayhem that would otherwise surely exist if we were foolish enough to prohibit them.

    Nicotine is the biggest killer of all known drugs, but it’s sale is legally regulated. Now why is that? Alcohol Prohibition made cigarette smoking a national habit. High on the evangelicals’ hit list, second only to alcohol as a substance that had to be prohibited. In 1921, cigarettes were illegal in fourteen states, and anti-cigarette bills were pending in twenty-eight others. The prohibition of cigarettes, promoted by the very people who gave us the prohibition of alcohol, made cigarette smoking almost irresistible. As the experiment of Prohibition failed, the anti-cigarette laws fell. By 1930, they were legal almost everywhere; during Prohibition, the consumption of tobacco had nearly tripled.

    An important aspect of Individual freedom is the right to self-medicate, or to do with yourself as you please as long as your actions cause no unnecessary suffering or direct harm to others. Some among us may disagree with this, and they should be free to believe what they wish. But the moment they are willing to use force (paid for with our own hard-earned taxes) to impose their will on the rest of us, is the exact same moment that the petty criminals/dealers, the Mafia, drug barons, terrorists and corrupt government officials/agencies enter the equation. The problems created by any possible self-harm then rapidly pale into insignificance as society spirals downwards into a dark abyss, while the most shady characters and black-market corporate entities exponentially enrich themselves in a feeding frenzy likened to that of piranhas on ‘prohibition engendered’ bath-tub meth.

    Every-time the ghastly consequences of prohibition are falsely blamed on the users, it diminishes the culpability of those who are truly responsible for maintaining the status quo. Prohibition is an absolute scourge -the end! The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS.

    When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

    Nobody can be expected to obey bad laws, like ones that infringe on logic as well as the fundamental right to decide on what medicine or poison an individual adult may, or may not, ingest. The corruption, violence and death ultimately arising from such bad public policy should always rest squarely on the shoulders of those ignorant imbeciles who are responsible for implementing and supporting such foolishness.

    Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

    “The greater the number of laws, the more corrupt the republic.” Tacitus

  • Cletus

    You morons have been trying to hold the ocean back with a spoon for the last 40 years. I don’t suppose it ever occurred to you that what you’re doing doesn’t work.

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