Drug bust only highlights need for better tactics

Freedom New Mexico

In the wake of mass arrests at San Diego State University recently, one fraternity member was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying, “This looks bad for the whole Greek system.”

Adam Klein was referring to the fact that many of the arrested students were members of fraternities. Actually, who this looks bad for is the federal government.

The investigation involved officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies.

Undercover agents mingled with students at frat parties and student hangouts. This allowed them to discover who was selling drugs on campus.
When they finally made their move, officers arrested 96 people, 75 of whom were students. Most were arrested on drug possession charges, but 20 were charged with selling drugs.

Only one was identified as being connected to criminal gangs.

So, we have the resources of several law enforcement agencies, including undercover officers, a six-month investigation and who knows how much money spent to get what is essentially a bunch of students off the street.

Even if one accepts the premise that drug use can be stopped by passing laws and locking up productive citizens, is it the best use of scarce resources to arrest college kids rather than targeting international drug cartels?

Granted, this investigation hasn’t been the sole focus of the DEA during this time, but with only one street-level drug dealer arrested in the bust, the operation isn’t likely to have any effect on the supply of drugs in Southern California, and probably not even on the SDSU campus.

The photos of officials posing with bags of marijuana and a few guns might look impressive, but those students arrested are not the reincarnation of Pablo Escobar, and for the government to treat them as such is just silly.

If this is the way we’re fighting the drug war, it’s no wonder drugs are winning.