Editorial: Chicago cops need to fight drug gangs

Chicago's mayor has said repeatedly that most of the city's violence is related to gangs and drugs


By Alejandro Escalona
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — At a recent town hall meeting on drug use at Oak Park River Forest High School, an ex-student stunned a crowd of teachers, administrators, police and parents by claiming that she only needed 30 minutes and a cell phone to get any kind of drugs delivered to the school premises.

That should not have come as a surprise. The Chicago region is one of the nation's largest drug markets and a distribution center for cocaine, heroin and marijuana, according to a 2009 Department of Justice report. Nor should it be a revelation that gangs are the real force behind the city's booming narcotics business.

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