Bellows Falls police continue drug busts

Bellows Falls police continue drug busts

There are 33 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Mar 5, 2010, titled Bellows Falls police continue drug busts. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Police in Bellows Falls are continuing to arrest residents who have been allegedly identified as local drug dealers.

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COREY H

Westbrook, ME

#1 Mar 6, 2010
MONTPELIER — Buoyed by the overwhelming Town Meeting Day vote in Montpelier supporting a nonbinding referendum for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, backers of the Vermont Alliance for Intelligent Drug Laws on Wednesday urged lawmakers to listen up.

"This vote demonstrates that support for decriminalizing the possession of marijuana in Vermont is very strong," said Nancy Lynch, founder of VALID, in a news release.

"And, frankly, we are not surprised," she added. "It simply doesn't make sense to arrest people, give them a criminal record for life and potentially send them to jail for simple marijuana possession. We don't need to arrest marijuana users when a fine could easily be instated. We hope our legislators agree and pass the decriminalization bill in the near future."

GET AFTER THE REAL DRUGS IN BF NOT THIS BUDGET TIME GRANDSTANDING.
The Enforcer

Walpole, NH

#2 Mar 6, 2010
Need to start in in Brattleboro... lot's of pot and pill poppers there, just drive down the main drag... and look around at the stoner's trying to blend into all those hippie stores. Do you really think those hippie stores can survive by legitimate means!
thinking

Peabody, MA

#3 Mar 6, 2010
would be interesting to find out who the "confidential informant" was and how much time they got off of their sentence to narc these people out...
normal

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Mar 6, 2010
It's about time they did this/ I'm alarmed at the amount of rx drugs that are being sold on the streets
Jason R

South Burlington, VT

#5 Mar 6, 2010
Nick Bennett is this Carries Bennetts son ?
Jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#6 Mar 6, 2010
COREY H wrote:
MONTPELIER — Buoyed by the overwhelming Town Meeting Day vote in Montpelier supporting a nonbinding referendum for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, backers of the Vermont Alliance for Intelligent Drug Laws on Wednesday urged lawmakers to listen up.
"This vote demonstrates that support for decriminalizing the possession of marijuana in Vermont is very strong," said Nancy Lynch, founder of VALID, in a news release.
"And, frankly, we are not surprised," she added. "It simply doesn't make sense to arrest people, give them a criminal record for life and potentially send them to jail for simple marijuana possession. We don't need to arrest marijuana users when a fine could easily be instated. We hope our legislators agree and pass the decriminalization bill in the near future."
GET AFTER THE REAL DRUGS IN BF NOT THIS BUDGET TIME GRANDSTANDING.
These and the other bust a while back are nothing more than pot heads selling any thing they can get there hands on to support there lazy ass habits.Most of the B&Es an crimes nation wide are pot or some drug related/ I just found out a friend of mine in that area had her pain medication stolen by her own son who tried to make it look like a b&e. O he only smokes pot.I know another low life in FL. she was stealing her fathers pain meds along with money every month while he was dieing of cancer. Now she is selling her ass for any thing she can get her hands on, what a shame and only started with pot.And you wont to legalize it.You said ya smoke to relax, Try this either get off ya ass and jog 3 or 4 miles or just a couple beers and you will be fine.Does any one remember the drug dealer in the area who daughter was blown away outside the movie theater because her dealing father refused to front one of his clients some pot.All the ones that wont it legalized are the smokers an dealers/
thinking

Peabody, MA

#7 Mar 6, 2010
if pot could be purchased at the pharmacy or select stores like beer or wine, there would be NO real criminal behavior going on anymore... people fail to see that marijuana prohibition is just a modern day alcohol prohibition.... give the people what they want, i say... especially when it generally leads to sleepiness, and munchies...
thinking

Peabody, MA

#8 Mar 6, 2010
These and the other bust a while back are nothing more than alcoholics selling any thing they can get there hands on to support there lazy **** habits.Most of the B&Es an crimes nation wide are beer or liquor related/ I just found out a friend of mine in that area had her pain medication stolen by her own son who tried to make it look like a b&e. O he only drinks beer.I know another low life in FL. she was stealing her fathers pain meds along with money every month while he was dieing of cancer. Now she is selling her **** for any thing she can get her hands on, what a shame and only started with beer.And you wont to legalize it.You said ya drink to relax, Try this either get off ya **** and jog 3 or 4 miles or just a couple bong rips and you will be fine.Does any one remember the brewer in the area who daughter was blown away outside the movie theater because her businessman father refused to give one of his clients some credit at the lounge.All the ones that wont it legalized are the drinkers and brewers/

hmmmm, definitely works... sounds like an argument that could have been made in the time of prohibition....
Big Buyer

Bellows Falls, VT

#9 Mar 6, 2010
thinking wrote:
would be interesting to find out who the "confidential informant" was and how much time they got off of their sentence to narc these people out...
Two local scanks who cant make enough money on welfare to go to the local bar every weekend. One actually got caught drunk behind the wheel of her vehicle with her two babies in the car,across from her favorite watering hole. Probably waiting for someone to come out and watch her kids while she went back in for couple more drinks.
golfnut

Little Valley, NY

#10 Mar 7, 2010
The cops should have done this 10 yrs ago....in Brattleboro too....make the arrests,thern let the lawyers firgure it out. Let the perps have to pay for the lawyers....if they can't, then they go away. This is LONG overdue.........just my opinion
justme

United States

#11 Mar 7, 2010
Just a thought on legalization....they're not going to give it away at the drugstore..you're still gonna have to come up with some money to buy it.....crime will still happen....problem not completely solved.
By the way...I speak from first hand knowledge of the subject.....was a" functioning junkie" for a number of yrs..
Getting money was first and foremost...no matter where it came from.
When you make it harder for people to get drugs, some will stop and get help...some get arrested and get help...others just die......it's just that simple.....take the baby talk away...stop handling this like everyone can figure it out with a secret formula........there isn't one....get real.........or the problem won't go away at all
thinking

Peabody, MA

#12 Mar 7, 2010
of course they're not going to give it away... they never gave away alcohol but there are hundreds of thousands or even millions of functioning alcoholics out there... they manage to pay bills, go to work, keep a license (those that don't drink and drive)... that's my whole point.. the crime will not be about weed anymore... it will be about the harder stuff... it is mostly about the harder stuff anyways...

who ever heard of someone robbing a store to buy an eighth... but everyone has heard about crackheads robbing someone to get the next hit... or cokeheads ripping someone off... i've heard about potheads getting ripped off, but unless it was a LOT of money, there never was violence over it though....
flat lander

United States

#13 Mar 7, 2010
HOW CAN THIS BE? You would think after a few they have got them all. Just how many can there be. maybe 10 or 12. Who is going to help them out with the distribution process and the neighbor kids will run low or out.
Reasonable Guy

Springfield, MA

#14 Mar 7, 2010
The War on Marijuana has be going on now for 70 years. More people smoke marijuana today, by percentage, than in 1937. Presently the usage of marijuana is about the same as cigarettes among teenagers. Is that called success? The only thing wasted is tax money. We are paying far more taxes today because the prohibition of marijuana. 70 years of wasted money on enforcement, judicial, and prison systems. A failure from start to finish, we've spent a lot of money going backwards. Also we lost all the tax monies by not taxing it. Talk about waste in government. The tax monies would be better spent on education and PR campaigns. It is well known that Al Capone was a big supporter of the prohibition of alcohol. Why? There's a lot more profit to made in the untaxed market. There's so much profit that Capone bribed numerous politicians and law enforcement officials. The strategy right now is to ensure that marijuana is not taxed or sales regulated. Presently the drug cartels are controlling the production and sale of marijuana, not our government. Do you think a drug dealer going to ask a kid for ID? There is a drug war happening south of the border which is undermining the Mexican government. Half the revenue of the drug cartels come from the production and sale of marijuana. By legalizing marijuana would effectively remove 50 percent of the cartels monies. And any business, legal or illegal, who loses half their revenue faces a great chance of complete collapse. Times are tough, the economic crisis today is compared to that of the Great Depression, and what help pay for the New Deal that helped pull the country out of that crisis, the end of prohibition of alcohol. Let us not forget that the hemp plant (marijuana) has many viable commercial and industrial uses (energy, material, medical, etc). Did you know that our founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, and that the Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper? Finally, the last three Presidents of the United States of America have smoked marijuana at one time. It's now the time to end the prohibition of marijuana.
not amused

United States

#15 Mar 7, 2010
Let's see...$10.00 for a bag of weed. "With the packaging, it weighed less than half an ounce. ".. Heck, more like less than 1/8 of an ounce. Are there any other people out there that see something wrong with criminalizing a citizen with selling a TINY amount of an easily cultivated weed? THATS a crime serious enough to go to jail for?
Omitted

Bellows Falls, VT

#16 Mar 7, 2010
What the article failed to mention was that kids are still on the streets, parents will still find their meds missing, and marijuana will still be around. Just like it was before laws against it existed.
Bellows Falls needs to turn one of the many empty buildings around here into a productive place for the younger crowd to gather at without hassle from the cops. Bellows falls also needs a Police Force that goes after inconvenient and dangerous busts such as pedophiles, and prescription, cocaine, meth and crack dealers. Bellows Falls also needs a Community that's willing to accept the fact that making a town better means sacrificing personal time and agendas, and even experiencing some disappointment when it comes to their ideas of how things oughta be.
Bottom line is these busts do only two things: they screw up any possible future these lost and bored kids have and they send a very clear message to the big time dealers from the big city that frequent B.F.- that message being that they won't be touched so long as they're not out on the street.
citizen

Carlisle, PA

#17 Mar 7, 2010
The authorties need to put the resources toward apprehending true drug dealers. These guys are users. Waste of tax payers monies.
Big Buyer

Bellows Falls, VT

#18 Mar 7, 2010
Jason R wrote:
Nick Bennett is this Carries Bennetts son ?
You're pretty close on this one (step-son)
BF Taxpayer

Bellows Falls, VT

#19 Mar 7, 2010
Why wasnt all the names of the people cited into court printed? Was it because on only got a mere $100 fine, and the other had the charges dropped because there wasnt enough evidence for a conviction? Just wondering didnt the B.F.P.D. not want this in the paper because it wouldnt make them look good?
Anne

Newfane, VT

#20 Mar 7, 2010
Over 100 million Americans nationally have used marijuana despite prohibition, and one in ten according to current government survey data use it regularly. The criminal prohibition of marijuana has not dissuaded anyone from using marijuana or reduced its availability; however, the strict enforcement of this policy has adversely impacted the lives and careers of millions of people who simply elected to use a substance to relax that is objectively safer than alcohol.

Prohibition abdicates the control of marijuana production and distribution to criminal entrepreneurs, such as drug cartels, street gangs, drug dealers who push additional illegal substances.

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