Wetumka, OK — If we were to declare a winner in the War on Drugs today, there would be no question that drugs won. Despite tens of billions of dollars wasted, hundreds of thousands of innocent lives ruined or ended, and the construction of the largest prison population on the planet, the American drug problem is worse off now than it ever was before.
Nothing highlights this epic failure of the war on drugs quite like cops getting busted selling or using drugs. When the ones who are tasked with fighting this senseless war, choose the other side, this should be a red flag that it's not working. And this happens all the time.
As the following example illustrates, even top cops have jumped ship and are choosing the side of drugs — shamelessly betraying the trust of the public they serve to use their badge to profit in this corrupt game.
A police chief in Oklahoma was arrested over the weekend for using his position to run a meth distribution operation. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officials said law enforcement arrested Calvin Police Chief Joe Don Chitwood at his home after an investigation began in April.
"This investigation began in mid-April after receiving information that Chitwood was both using and selling methamphetamine in Hughes County," Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesperson Mark Woodward said in the news release. "OBN and DEA worked a joint investigation that resulted in Chitwood’s arrest.”
Though police didn't go into detail on the amount of meth found at Chitwood's home, he was charged with multiple counts of distribution, meaning it wasn't just a personal amount.
"Meth is the leading killer among drug-related deaths in Oklahoma," OBN Director Donnie Anderson said in the release. "And for a peace officer to be responsible for putting more meth on the streets is a disgrace to the proud men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens from the deadly consequences of substance abuse."
“Dealers of illegal drugs come in many forms. Chief Chitwood used his authority to push drugs in Oklahoma disregarding the inherent harm they cause. DEA and our law enforcement partners will hold drug dealers accountable no matter who they are,” said Eduardo A. Chávez, Special Agent in Charge of DEA Dallas.
Chitwood's arrest should serve as a red flag that the war on drugs has failed. Government should use this as an opportunity to learn that meth is a function of the war on drugs.
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When the police state can't even keep their own top officials from abusing and distributing meth, with the entire militarized anti-drug army at their disposal, it might be time to consider an alternative. Unfortunately, this isn't happening.
Cops kicking in doors and caging people for substances deemed illegal by the state is not only ineffective and futile, but it's adding to the problem.
Because psychoactive drugs that humans have used for centuries have been banned by most modern governments, people turn to synthetic attempts at mimicking the high. Just as Spice (synthetic marijuana) has emerged to supposedly mimic cannabis, meth became sought after to mimic cocaine and when meth was banned, flakka came in to fill the void.
Cocaine and its synthetic counterpart, meth, sourced from the black market, which is laced with other unknown chemicals, can cause overdose and death.
Meth is far more dangerous than cocaine.
Much of the dangers associated with cocaine would diminish if the drug were legalized and people had the freedom to put what they want into their own bodies. In a legal market, this extract of the coca leaf – which has been used for thousands of years by South Americans – would be produced in exact dosages known to the consumer, free from harmful synthetic chemicals.
If people could go to the store and buy a bit of cocaine, as they can buy alcohol, we could expect the demand for meth to be reduced or non-existent.
Prohibition does nothing to curb the supply or the demand of drugs, but it enriches the corporatocracy, corrupts those in power like Williams, and gives the State immense power over our personal freedom. It creates a void in the demands for drugs and those voids are filled with even more dangerous substances such as meth.
There’s a saying about doing something over and over again and expecting different results, being the mark of insanity. Prohibition is the perfect demonstration of this.