Thursday, June 04, 2015

Baltimore top cop: Looted drugs will keep city "intoxicated for a year"

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's "space to destroy" policing strategy has created a a space to get high for a very long time.

From the Baltimore Sun:
With April's looting, an extraordinary amount of drugs were stolen from pharmacies — more than initially believed, officials said Wednesday.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts on Wednesday said police were working with federal partners such as the Drug Enforcement Administration to seize more than 175,000 "units," or doses, of prescription drugs looted from 27 pharmacies and two methadone clinics when unrest erupted April 27, in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody weeks earlier.

"There's enough narcotics on the streets of Baltimore to keep it intoxicated for a year," Batts said. "That amount of drugs has thrown off the balance on the streets of Baltimore."

Batts' comments came the same day that Rite Aid said looting at its locations included prescription drugs, as well as the theft of personal medical information.
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