Congratulations? Nope. Sounds good though. In Philadelphia, 33,000 pounds of cocaine were seized in one of the biggest U.S. drug busts ... worth more than $1 billion on the street.
Heads up! This measures the failure of drug prohibition.
Neil Woods says that increasing seizures of drugs are a direct indication of the failure of the drug wars, because large seizures are always less than one percent of what's on the street. When drug warriors brag about increasingly large seizures, they're actually measuring how much the black market grew, under their watch.
"No policing -- no policing at all -- has any benefit at all, on the flow of drugs." Neil Woods can say that with authority, from his years working under cover, and having access to national and international intelligence on the topic. He was an early undercover cop in the UK, who helped to build the undercover program. He was involved in the development of tactics, and in training the under cover officers, the length and breadth of the country.
His arrestees' sentences total 1,000+ years. Nevertheless, in any city, he only interrupted the flow of drugs for about two hours.
Woods' experience as an undercover cop motivated him to co-author "Good Cop, Bad War," and "Drug Wars."
Woods says that when there's a photo-op of seized drugs, there’s a dirty secret that every cop in that room knows: the supply is only interrupted until competing merchants learn that that sales territory has been made available. Two hours? (Filter Magazine, May 16, 2019, at 3:20 pm, by Neil Woods)
Prohibition has created professionals. Woods says, "The business allowances that cartels make for police seizures are proportionately smaller than most main-street retailers make for shoplifting."