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Top state law enforcer wants crime unit for more drug charges

In a press conference with all the bells and whistles, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, announced her quest for public funds for a mobile street crime unit to chase gangs from the state. The unit would have 20 employees go into a selected gang area and wipe out gang crime, while cutting off their drug supplies. This would mean a slew of drug charges in the selected Pennsylvania community.

The AG announced her first target: the city of Hazleton in northeast Pennsylvania. But her proposal stresses the far-fetched idea that drug trafficking and gang crime can be forever wiped out in a locality. Her idea is to saturate a targeted community with agents, who'll work with local, county and federal law enforcement agencies.

She wants to stop drug traffickers by court-approved wiretaps and specialists who chase money. However, for several decades law enforcement hasn't made permanent inroads into international supply channels. Furthermore, it's been widely reported that when one major source is dampened, two more appear to take its place.

Perhaps the biggest fallacy is shown by her own description that when the targeted area is scorched, crime bulges like a balloon into another area, i.e., a new spot for the unit to chase. There may be a pernicious gang problem, but it's believed to cover a much larger area along the I-80 and I-81 corridor. An FBI gang force task officer described the problem as regional rather than localized, and noted that the FBI already works with local authorities.

The Chief of West Hazleton noted that crime is highly mobile nowadays. When all factors are considered objectively, the plan seems to be flawed. If you concentrate on one community, the tide will flow to another very quickly, and so on. Furthermore, because she publicized the very details to the media lights, those being targeted now likely know what lies ahead.

The Pennsylvania Governor added his guarded view that the proposal may duplicate services already provided. In the meantime, for anyone facing drug charges in the Commonwealth it's highly advisable to obtain experienced criminal defense counsel to protect your rights and maximize your options. Having the counsel of a professional is an indispensable tool when it comes to facing the overwhelming powers of the prosecution.

Source:, "AG's proposed mobile crime unit would hit Hazleton first," Amanda Christman, June 17, 2013

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