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Brunswick County sherriffs credit community in drug bust

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The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department credits the community for helping get $26,000 dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana off the streets. Justin Dior Newsome and Portia Hankins were arrested at their home on Zane Way in Supply late last week. Along with drugs, agents of the county's drug enforcement unit found scales and other evidence of drug distribution. The investigation began after complaints of drug activity at the house known as "The Ranch". If you have concerns about drugs in your community, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department at 910-253-2744.

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sounds like about half of

sounds like about half of this thread is angry that they can't hang and deal at "Da Ranch" no more! some cultural introspection instead whining about how unfair "society" is would be nice.

Ya know

Ya know, maybe all people who sell drugs aren't bad. But can we all just take a minute to look at these two individuals. Do they really look like good people you would want in your neighborhood? I'm not saying this because they're black. My point is they cared so little about their community, they were willing to bring drugs, weapons, and drug addicts into their own back yard. Where's the redeeming quality in that? Do we really think this is just a one time thing and that they're really victims of society? We have a black man as president, people! He did not come from an affluent family. Why do we insist on allowing ourselves and our country to act as a mama for people who have such little respect for themselves, their people, and their community that they would be willing to throw their whole lives away?

Let me drop some knowledge

Let me drop some knowledge on you. First, I would imagine that this value is inflated as usual. I haven't seen any of the charges they are facing, however the majority of the time these numbers reflect an amount and operation far beyond the actual scope of the crime. As far as snitching - well that’s a complex topic. To simplify, calling the police when you see suspicious activity as a law abiding citizen is not the snitching, it’s just being a concerned citizen. Snitching as described by rappers and the "street culture" is when a criminal gives police information about the activities of other criminals in exchange for leniency in sentencing or, in some cases, monetary gain. The latter can be very, very lucrative if said criminal plays his cards right. What is unfortunate is that usually the bigger the criminal the more he/she has to offer which gives them greater leverage; the result can be and often is the major players cooperate and receive sentences years below the norm while uncooperative small timers get the max. Finally, I would like for all of the posters advocating harsh punishment for drug dealers to consider something. I have been an up close observer of the drug game for many years, not to brag but establish credibility. I presume that said posters are the middle class family type. Well I would like everyone here to know that I see nearly as many white kids selling drugs as young black men who are called monsters. In fact, I personally have known of kids from VERY prominent families in this community to be involved in drug dealing. Kids from the Forest Hills/Country Club neighborhood, Landfallers, Wrightsville Beach, and every suburban area in between, not nickel and diming either. While the motivations may be different, i.e. the former trying to, at least initially, escape poverty while the latter usually gets involved to build reputation or to support a growing habit, the principle is the same. It’s funny because the families I refer to do no see this as a double standard whatsoever. A white kid from an affluent family can get arrested for trafficking, get low bail and be out in an hour, make one or two court appearances and then, with the help of one of a few select local attorneys, see the charge reduced or outright dismissed. On the other hand kids from less fortunate families may be arrested for an insignificant amount, be held under high bond until trial, and then choose to plead guilty for fear of being given numerous consecutive sentences. That’s not exactly justice in my book, but it’s the norm here in New Hanover county courts. This is just a brief insight into the local drug game, with universal principles. Just think about it. END MANDATORY MINIMUMS and let the punishment fit the crime. That is all.

Some knowledge back at you

Nice blog, inthemix ... a couple of corrections though, EVERYBODY that deals drugs, does it for the money, yes even those white middle class kids your talking about. Hey, Guest123456 .. just because something is illegal doesn't mean it should be. Back when prohibition was the law of the land, many, many, people broke that law and drank anyway ... it's called civil disobedience. The fact that government has declared that drugs are bad and people that use or sell them are bad, does not make it true. In fact, if drugs were legal, there would not be a black market for them, so there would not be so much easy money to be made. Al Capone and other gangsters of the prohibition era made millions because of this simple truth. I used to think that the government didn't learn anything from that era. But in fact they did. They learned that they could make money at it too. Look at the court system, the prison industry (not prison system, as some people would call it) and the people that police it. So, the fact is ... keeping drugs illegal employees millions of people, and provides "under the table" payments of millions more. Mean while the government keeps letting the greed of corporate America send good jobs overseas. I can't say that I can blame people for wanting to make a living selling drugs. I mean the Kennedys sure made a dollar or two smuggling liquor. Mandatory sentencing is un-constitutional in my opinion. I did not vote for President-elect Obama, but I know he has said that mandatory sentencing is wrong, I hope he does something about it. And if you remember, F.D.R. did away with prohibition to raise tax revenues (and to fill campaign promises) during the financial melt down of the 30's. But, I will say this ... your remark about a white kid from an affluent family smacks of racism. You should have said ANY affluent family, because as I said before, it's all about the money, if you've got it, you can get out of it! The fact that there are more affluent white families than black is a factor on why it seems like a race issue, but it is not. It's about money period! And with that being said, let me say this too, The people that get arrested are usually the bottom tiers. (Sometimes it might not seem that way given the numbers the police give out, but that's another subject) And the people on those lower tiers are from lower economical backgrounds. Why, because the real players are paying plenty to stay out of jail and out of the news papers! And back to you Guest123456 ... I guess you always go the speed limit? ... never say ... 9 miles over because you know you won't get pulled for that, because if you do ... guess what .. in your world ... your a criminal! ...

Not all bad..

Honestly people who do/sell drugs are not all bad people. It is when it gets into the hands of children where it is NOT AT ALL RIGHT.

Haha, right...

So how long have you been doing/selling drugs? Honestly, so it's all right when drugs are in the hands of adults? Lemme spell it out for you: -Possessing, using, or selling drugs is ILLEGAL. -When you know this and you do it anyway, you're a criminal. -Criminals are "bad people." Trying to justify that some people are exempt from this description is ignorant and is most definitely part of the problem as to why drugs and drug-related crime will always continue.

Guest123456

Are you lonely in that box? Running into corners at every turn must be very frustrating. Are drugs a bad thing? Yes. Can you throw everyone in jail? No. The real solution is out there but too many are making too much $$ on the "war on drugs" to put a real solution in place that would make selling drugs not so attractive.

Sorry, criminals aren't always bad.

There is a difference between juris law and natural law. The laws on the books are there and enforced by police and courts but natural law is how the people really feel about the situation/crime. Nelson Mandela was a "criminal" according to the law but the people knew better and one day set him free. Not every criminal is bad. I wish it was that easy for all you universalists that want one rule to apply to everything because heaven forbid you had to use your brain to analyze something and make your own decision on how to proceed with punishment. Protesters are criminals at times arrested just for expressing their opinions in public which is supposed to be a constituional right.

SNITCHING

SOMETIMES SNITCHING WILL HURT YOU MORE THAN HELP YOU. MAY HARM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD EVEN MORE. YOU DON'T WANT DRAMA COMING IN....BUT YOU DO WANT THE DRUGS OUT!! AND GOD FORBID WHOEVER SNITCHED WAS FOUND OUT....JUST ON RUMORS!!!! ****JUST HOPE HE/SHE/THEM HAS SENT A PRAYER UP TO HEAVEN***** BECAUSE THE RUMOR MAY BE TRUE OR FALSE. YOU NEVER KNOW!!! SO SNITCHING MAY NOT ALWAYS BE A GOOD THING. THEY ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BLAME THE PERSON IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHO DID NOT LIKE THEM OR HUNG TO CLOSE TO THEM. SO THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE YOU DO IT....AND MAKE SURE YOU CAN BACK UP WHAT YOU TELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drug dealers beware

Now that you have proof that snitching is not a bad thing, if you see someone dealing drugs in your neighbor hood, they do not, DO NOT belong in your neighborhood. Neighbors care about one anothers wellfare. They do not sell each other drugs that will hold each other back. You want to move farther in life with a clear state of mind? Well get the drugs off your street. Stop being a fearful nobody. Be a somebody and people will give you the respect you deserve. You sell drugs? You deserve what is coming to you; death by another drug user or jail; you choose. Have a happy holiday fellow neighbors.

JUST KEEPING IT REAL

EVERYONE THAT CHOOSE TO SELL DRUGS ARE NOT ALL BAD PEOPLE. JUST LIKE WHEN THEY SAID RONALD HEWETT WAS NOT A BAD PERSON FOR HIS CRIME THAT HE COMMITTED. AND HE WOULD SOMETIMES PUT THOSE DRUGS FROM THE DRUG BUST BACK ON THE STREETS TO DO MORE DRUG BUST. SOMETIMES WHEN SOCIETY HAS WRITTEN THEM OFF DUE TO MISTAKES MADE IN THE PAST AND COMPANIES AS SMALL AS HARDEES OR BURGER KING WILL NOT GIVE THEM A JOB, THEY MAKE THIS CHOICE TO SURVIVE. I GUESS IT WOULD BE OK IF YOU HAD A POWERFUL NAME IN POLITICS THEN OF COURSE IT MAY BE OK TO ALOT OF PEOPLE. I SAY IF YOU LOOK LIKE A NOBODY TO PEOPLE THEY WILL TREAT YOU THAT WAY. THATS WHAT THEY DID TO JESUS!!! I DO NOT AGREE WITH PEOPLE SELLING DRUGS AND KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE WITH IT BUT UNDERSTANDING THAT I HAVE SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WENT THRU THIS. I HAVE FAMILY THAT ARE ADDICTED TO DRUGS....IF YOU SEE IT AND GROW UP AROUND IT THEN YOU WILL SEE. LIFE IS ABOUT THE CHOICES WE MAKE ...AND EVERYBODY IN THIS WORLD CAN NOT SAY THEY ALWAYS MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. ONLY THING NEIGHBORS CAN DO IS TRY TO EDUCATE THE YOUNG KIDS COMING UP AND HELP THEM TO SEE WHAT IS OUT THERE. SO PARENTS....PLEASE GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND HIGH HORSES AND SPEND SOME TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN INSTEAD OF LETTING THEM RUN THE STREETS!!!!! ESPECIALLY IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT SOCIETY HAS LABELED AS THE "GHETTO"!!! I AM NOT SNITCHING!! ONE DAY THEY WILL MAKE THE WRONG MOVE OR SELL....AND THE REST IS UP TO THE LAW! BE BLESSED AND PRAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW AND LET GO AND LET GOD!!!!

Dear Sista from the Hood

If you could save a life, would you? If you had the knowledge and the power to prevent something horrible happening to someone you care about, would you use it? WWJD? God does handle it all one way or the other, but he doesn't expect us to be a party to sin and destruction. He doesn't want us to do "nothing", he wants us to do the "right thing". It's hard to look at "snitching" as the right thing sometimes. We feel like we are betraying, we don't want to get involved. But that sort of mentality is dishonest and cowardly. If that is how you choose to deal with things in your life, that is certainly up to you. But at least call it what it is. Know that by not doing "something" to stop someone you care about from risking their life and liberty, from not doing something to save those they help poison themselves with drugs...you are Satan's tool...not Gods. Will you stand before God on judgement day and say "I did nothing"?

WWJD???? Hmmm let's answer

WWJD???? Hmmm let's answer that question really quick. None of us are here to play God, so trying to control the situation would not be what Jesus would do. The best thing to do for these people is to PRAY for them and maybe start putting the Word of God out there to them. It's easy to say "if you see drugs being dealt around you, report it", but here is what you don't understand....Some people may put themselves and those around them in physical danger by "ratting out" the things that they see. In some cases that doesn't happen, but believe it or not people do actually get killed over stuff like this. So, try this: Pray for the people doing the harm. Pray for the people around you that it's hurting. Pray for the strength to tell these people about God and His son Jesus. Pray for the children it is influencing and find a way to teach them the right and wrong way of living. We are not here to judge people, it is not our JOB. Those who do wrong will be judged, just not when we want it to happen. In God's eyes Sin is Sin, there are not different levels of it.

Listen here, Sista...

Lemme spell it out for you too: -Possessing, using, or selling drugs is ILLEGAL. -If you know this and continue to do so, then you are a criminal. -Criminals are "bad people." Like you said, it's all about the choices we make, and those who make the choice to use or sell drugs are a part of the problem. And on top of that, those who know of this criminal behavior going on, and say nothing, are all just as much a part of the problem as those committing the crimes. You can't put blame on anyone but yourself. If you aren't happy with the way things are in your life and you really can't think of anything better for yourself then to commit crime, then you should just kill yourself and rid society of your ignorance. I have no pitty for people who get "caught" committing crimes, do their time, then get back on the street and start up with the same nonsense that got them in trouble. If you can't learn from your mistakes, and you have to blame someone else for your problems, and say, "well hey, look what he did, and he got away with it," then you don't deserve a second chance.

Problem with your point- ALL ARE BAD- not true

You say it is illegal and everyone is a criminal- I would bet to say that at one point you have taken someones medication and if you haven't - 90% of americans have. Whether it be a pain pill or they hide behind taking prozac and other drugs to help them along the way- People that smoke weed do it for the same reason as prozac... the chill pill.... Lighten up on everyone is a criminal.... Just like drunk driving- its only a crime when you get caught...

Only if you get caught ...

okay, let me see if I dig what you're saying. If you don't get caught, then it's not a crime ... Okay, since 95% of all sex offenses take place in the home of the victim then it's okay by you if "uncle Charlie" rapes your daughter and has her so scared that she ain't gonna tell no one - she ain't gonna snitch out "good o; uncle Charlie" --- is that really what you just said, if no one tells and he don't get caught then it ain't a crime??? I think that's what I read you saying ...