The president of the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations Coalition, Bob Bushman, says changes in attitudes and legislation involving the so-called war on drugs will imperil the nation.
Talk about “sentencing for drug-related crimes has been completely turned on its head,” Bushman wrote to lawmakers recently.
“It no longer seems to be about public safety, continued crime reduction, or preventing further victimization; today it seems to be about minimizing punishment,” he wrote in a letter to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. “People affected by federal sentencing laws are not ‘low-level non-violent’ offenders.”
“At a minimum, they (those affected by federal drug sentencing) help to finance the gangs and cartels whose business model depends on creating and nurturing drug addiction, terrorizing our communities with violence and intimidating tactics, and actively discouraging cooperation with law enforcement while actively encouraging disrespect for the law.
“Drug trafficking is a very volatile trade that relies upon violence as a tactic of intimidation to ensure cooperation, protection and success of the illegal business.
“Drug dealers don’t pay taxes on their earnings, yet their illicit activities cost the taxpayers dearly to fund the law enforcement, medical, and social services that are required to clean up the carnage and destruction left in the drug dealers’ wake. Is this who we want to help with changes to federal sentencing laws?”
Other law-enforcement lobbying groups have also opposed any federal drug sentencing reforms, saying they have been part of the crime reduction that has taken place over the last several decades.