When one thinks of Vermont, he normally envisions peaceful villages set in green valleys, with mountains covered by flaming red and orange autumn leaves. The last thing one normally associates with pacifist, socialist Vermont is drug gangs and inner city gang violence.
Image: New York City Dealers Caught in Vermont
Most inner city drug dealers tend to stand out in rural Vermont towns, so their invasions take the form of hit and runs:
“If you’re a guy from New York, you can come here with 500 bags of heroin, sell it and sleep with three different women before you go home the next day,” said Chief Baker. Many of the women, he said, receive rent subsidies and food stamps and use heroin themselves. “The entire infrastructure is here for these guys to function, make quick money and leave,” he said. _NewYorkTimes
Besides making quick money, booty calls, and taking a short break from the city, these migrant dealers often bring guns back to the city from rural Vermont for gang use.
This activity has ramped to an alarming level over the past several years. Ordinary citizens and law enforcement officials have been sounding the alarm for some time now, with little to show for it.
… since about 2009 the problem of abuse of heroin and prescription narcotics in Rutland has been getting worse. Most of the drugs are coming in from East Coast cities like New York or cities in western Massachusetts. But it has also come from as far away as Philadelphia, Detroit or Chicago.
… Big city gang activity in the area is increasing as well _ http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/2013/04/08/chief-rutland-drug-use-mind-boggling/vnEusHWMqhDk6J5OXCOmaI/story.html
Out of state drug gangs choose quiet areas such as rural Vermont because these areas are prime targets of opportunity.
… there is no denying that gangs and other organized groups are moving drugs from out-of-state into Vermont and driving ancillary crimes like burglary that support drug habits. Low-level gang associates are turning up as dealers in each corner of the state, he said.
… Low-level dealers are being tied to traditional street gangs like the Bloods and the Crips through their tattoos and from interviews with police. __ http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_19803232
Back in 2007, Vermont officials understood one of the underlying problems they were facing: their own naivete. Vermonters are typically more concerned about shutting down nuclear power, building more wind turbines and solar arrays, and enforcing political correctness in schools.
“There’s potential for that to happen in any county in any state. What’s concerning is that we are naïve about what could happen here,” says Erica Marthage, Bennington County State’s Attorney. __ http://www.wcax.com/story/6970072/keeping-gangs-out-of-vermont
We are seeing in rural Vermont what happened long ago in most large inner cities, and many intermediate and small inner city areas. Ethnic drug gangs see a market, move in, and expand to fill the marketplace — before another gang gets there first.
Violence inevitably follows — whether violence due to inter-gang rivalry, or theft and home invasion by drug users looking to raise funds for another drug buy.
And while Vermont may be filled with particularly naive people, they are not that much different from residents of many rural villages across North America. The same thing could happen — and is happening — in virtually every state and province.
What is the underlying problem? Lack of cohesiveness, resilience, and dangerousness in the community. If a community is not cohesive, innovative, and dangerous to outside threats, it is sitting prey for the type of predators that are overflowing out of inner cities from New York City to Detroit to Kansas City to Atlanta to Denver to Portland (both) to Toronto.
Political correctness and fear of racial profiling often prevents journalists and officials from defining the problem accurately. But it is the lack of meaningful community that makes an area a target.
The violent drug culture of North America walks hand in hand with the narcotics enforcement agencies and laws of the US and Canada. Neither could exist without the other, and both are extremely lucrative to participants. The corruption in government that comes from the drug trade tends to spread out and make room for government incompetence in many other areas. It is a source of malignant rot that metastasizes in tragic and unexpected directions.
Strong community — and guns, lots of guns — is a remedy. If your government is honest and confident enough to allow its citizens to be strong.
HFTB-PFTW. It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.
In a modern American town, there are no children wandering in the woods or playing on sidewalks; as in the UK, they have lost the right to roam. Strip malls and big-box retail dominate the built landscape. Both the car itself and the distance it must travel provide protective barriers where the community has failed to do so. In sufficiently diverse neighborhoods, healthy, dense social networks do not form; people trust each other less, even others who look like them. The doors are all locked, and the people are inside. Each space is open to everyone, according to his willingness to pay – but not particularly well-suited to anyone. There are houses and schools and restaurants there, but hardly any community. __ Summary of When Did Healthy Communities Become Illegal?