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Gangs have been a problem in Chattanooga for 20+ years. Denying their existence was no longer an option. Patrol officers as long ago as 1992 were complaining of the growing problem yet CPD leadership and the city gave it the ostrich treatment. Delusion is a wonderful thing until you wake up. Unfortunately, the delusion of the city leadership goes well beyond this issue.
Actually meth has been a problem much longer than gangs. The damage meth does is even more costly to hospitals, the environment, communities and innocent children than gang bangers. Wonder why one gets so much attention over the other? Why not extend that RICO law to meth bakers, cookers and users?
Why not create a Meth Czar to combat the meth problem? I hear it's all about the money. Meth is too costly to go after. Locking a gang banger away for life is much easier.
from pages of our own tfp: "A house in Union, Mo., burns from a fire blamed on a meth lab. The crude new method of making methamphetamine, by combining raw and unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle, poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that itís contributing to the closure of some burn units".