Expert: Springfield has a gang problem

Apr 2, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Springfield News-Leader

Springfield has a gang problem, according to a state expert on the topic, but that might not mean what many think it does.

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Apr 6, 2013
 
What does it mean?
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Throughout the 1980's, the United States government backed a Nicaraguan rebel group widely known as the Contras. The United States government provided support by both monetary and tactical means. During this same period, a large flow of narcotics, mainly cocaine, began to enter into the United States. A highly addictive form of cocaine known as crack cocaine began to rise in popularity and infiltrate impoverished and high risk areas. Suggestions have been made by journalist Gary Webb that the United States government had knowledge about the infiltration of the narcotics into the United States and that the government stood by and in some cases assisted in ensuring this flow.

Acts against the Nicaraguan government were carried out by both CIA operatives and the Contras. Simultaneously allotted funding for the Contras was approved by the American government and passed by Congress. The acts performed were widely overlooked by the American government and unknown about by the American public until March of 1982. Several prominent newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post published articles informing the public about the American backed civil war occurring in Nicaragua[1].

Within the introduction and prevalent rise in sales of crack cocaine, the CIA and their need to fund the Contras are the biggest operatives. The report published by Gary Webb in The San Jose Mercury News accused the CIA of being connected with several drug dealers within the Los Angeles area. Direct testimony and accounts of the involvement of the CIA were given by two different men used in the distribution of the crack cocaine. Ricky "Freeway Rick" Ross and Oscar Danilo Blandon Reyes were the CIA's gateway into California.
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Apr 6, 2013
 
In 1985, US government officials under Reagan's Presidency, sold weapons through Israel to Iran in hopes of freeing US hostages and to help fund the Contras in Nicaragua. These hostages were being held against their will under the power of Hezbollah terrorists. The first transaction that took place included over 500 anti-tank missiles for the release of Reverend Benjamin Weir. Once successfully done, the US had the Israelis offer another 500 surface-to-air missiles to Iran in November of 1985. Eventually the sale was made, hostages were released, and money was sent to the Contras.[2]

This was a big deal because Congress had previously outlawed any US aid to be sent to "Contra" guerrillas in Nicaragua. However, members of Reagan's administration felt it was necessary to help them in their struggle versus the Sandinista government. In 1986 a Lebanese magazine published that the US government had negotiated an arms deal with Iran. The article was responsible for the investigation of the occurrence. Officially, it was stated that Reagan had been inefficient in controlling the National Security Council who had made the illegal deals. Reagan's saving grace was that there was no evidence that proved he knew about the Contra Support.

Oscar Reyes, who himself was at one point a leader within the Contras, acted as a distributor, providing dealers such as "Freeway Rick" with product to sell. Reyes was quoted stating that, "There is a saying that the end justify the means," and that he was told this statement by a CIA agent in charge of commanding the Contras. From this statement Reyes felt it was appropriate to begin peddling drugs to fund the Contras. Reyes would not directly state that he received orders to sell crack cocaine from the CIA, but he did state that he and those working with him "received orders from the -- from other people." Reyes was also noted saying that all drug activity ran by his ring in the Los Angeles Area, "the profit was going to the Contra revolution" (Webb 1996 a).
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"Freeway Rick" was another piece to the puzzle and a major key in the delivery and dealing of crack cocaine onto the Los Angeles streets. Before Rick, cocaine was an expensive drug that was relatively unknown to inner city areas due to its high cost. However, once Rick met Reyes and was able to receive large amounts of cocaine for a cheap price, he was able to push cocaine in crack form in large volumes, saturating the streets with the drug and bringing in massive profits. According to Rick, it was not uncommon "to move $2 million or $3 million worth of crack in one day". The CIA-backed revolution in Nicaragua was the beneficiary of these sales (Webb 1996 b).

A third key within the Los Angeles drug ring that brought crack cocaine to the market, Juan Norwin Meneses Cantarero, was a federally recognized cocaine dealer since the mid 1970's. Yet Cantarero avoided prison all together even though four law enforcement agencies including the DEA and Customs attempted to indict many times. These agencies claim "that investigations were hampered by the CIA or unnamed 'national security' interests"(Webb 1996 a).

Though the CIA did not directly distribute the cocaine, they supported and indirectly assisted with the distribution and sale of crack cocaine that fueled the Contras in Nicaragua by helping import cocaine needed for production. They also protected the men involved so that the sale of the drug would not be halted, allowing for monetary flow to continue into the operation in Nicaragua after Congress ceased funding.
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THIS IS THE FIRST POST I MADE BUT DIDNT SHOW UP SO START HERE. Throughout the 1980's, the United States government backed a Nicaraguan rebel group widely known as the Contras. The United States government provided support by both monetary and tactical means. During this same period, a large flow of narcotics, mainly cocaine, began to enter into the United States. A highly addictive form of cocaine known as crack cocaine began to rise in popularity and infiltrate impoverished and high risk areas. Suggestions have been made by journalist Gary Webb that the United States government had knowledge about the infiltration of the narcotics into the United States and that the government stood by and in some cases assisted in ensuring this flow.

Acts against the Nicaraguan government were carried out by both CIA operatives and the Contras. Simultaneously allotted funding for the Contras was approved by the American government and passed by Congress. The acts performed were widely overlooked by the American government and unknown about by the American public until March of 1982. Several prominent newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post published articles informing the public about the American backed civil war occurring in Nicaragua[1].

Within the introduction and prevalent rise in sales of crack cocaine, the CIA and their need to fund the Contras are the biggest operatives. The report published by Gary Webb in The San Jose Mercury News accused the CIA of being connected with several drug dealers within the Los Angeles area. Direct testimony and accounts of the involvement of the CIA were given by two different men used in the distribution of the crack cocaine. Ricky "Freeway Rick" Ross and Oscar Danilo Blandon Reyes were the CIA's gateway into California.
Springfield want to bees

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Apr 10, 2013
 
Springfield mo. does not have a gang problem, they have want to bees. Small time thugs that cause a few problems.I lived in California in the 80's and the part of the 90's.About 5 years after I moved here they were talking about the Bloods were here,They interviewed some white guys claiming to be Bloods.I am white,and white guys are not bloods! White guys can be Crips but not Bloods.If your going to claim you have a gang problem,go to any major city in California and see what a real gang problem is.Or go to topix and look up Sacramento,Stockton,Fresno,Oak land,or L.A.and see what kind of problems they have.Then dont post stupid stuff on here.
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Apr 14, 2013
 
Springfield want to bees wrote:
Springfield mo. does not have a gang problem, they have want to bees. Small time thugs that cause a few problems.I lived in California in the 80's and the part of the 90's.About 5 years after I moved here they were talking about the Bloods were here,They interviewed some white guys claiming to be Bloods.I am white,and white guys are not bloods! White guys can be Crips but not Bloods.If your going to claim you have a gang problem,go to any major city in California and see what a real gang problem is.Or go to topix and look up Sacramento,Stockton,Fresno,Oak land,or L.A.and see what kind of problems they have.Then dont post stupid stuff on here.
Springfield want to bees.

Well, if the Government lets the African "youth" get away with all the things they are able to get away with, why shouldn't us White kids jump aboard the bandwagon too? I hope you are not advocating denying us White kids the same rights the African kids have.

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Apr 17, 2013
 
Who needs gangs when you have hoards of tweakers. unorganized but crazy shit happens none the less

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