Funding For California’s War On Drugs Gutted By Budget Cuts

SANTA CLARA (KCBS)— The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement could be shut down as a result of the $71 million cut to the Division of Law Enforcement budget approved by Governor Jerry Brown.

Kent Shaw, acting chief of the state Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, said the elimination of the bureau, which was formed in 1927, is a “devastating and significant cut”. Shaw said the department manages 55 multi-jurisdictional task forces throughout the state of California.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“It will effectively result in the elimination of the bureau, The Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence, and have further repercussions within the division of law enforcement,” said Shaw.

Shaw is concerned California’s war on gangs and drugs could be taking a big hit as narcotic enforcement will be handcuffed and the ability to fight gang violence will be crippled.

“You’ll see criminal organizations which are pretty much unfettered in their ability to expand their operations and continue to victimize our citizens by increasing drug trafficking and perpetuating more gang crimes,” he added.

The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement is the oldest narcotics bureau in the U.S.

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  • Cris Cooper

    This is what we voted for a Governor who can disrupt Social Services, Fire and Protection Services but not the UNION. Yep, let’s shutdown everything else, including State Parks, Park Rangers, Park Services. Let’s have an open door for those would be Pot Growers and Season Vets our national park is up for grabs, plant your seeds and rip everything out who cares about preserving our environments this is why voted for Mr. Brown anyway, right Californians?!?

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  • mechanic

    I told you sooooo! My predictions are as good as Nostradamus in regards to everything that this bum has done since the dummies elected him.

  • Stan

    Dan said it all.

  • Johnny Mac

    I’m with Dan! Legalize narcotics and treat victims of drug abuse. If we’re selling it in the stores the gangs will disappear in no time!

  • nemo

    Drug prohibition has always been a ‘rich man’s hobby’, requiring huge amounts of ‘disposable national income, and if the prohibitionists haven’t noticed lately, WE’RE FLAT BUSTED BROKE as a country, not to mention California. That’s part of the reason why alcohol Prohibition was ended; the Great Depression made it plain that the money was badly needed elsewhere.

    History does repeat itself, and here we are. Just like during the Great Depression we can’t afford what amounted to a multi-billion dollar workfare program for cops and corrections officers, lawyers and judges and politicians anymore. Time to get over this Puritan’s wet-dream and get real about TRUE drug control via regulation. That’s the only way we’ll break the cartels.

  • Chaka Chuka

    This will flood the streets with more drug supply, and with a high supply it will lower the cost on our recreational drugs. In a bad economy who will afford $100 gram of coke? We can now get high cheaply. No one needs to be bothered on getting busted anymore.

  • pfroehlich2004

    @Chaka Chuka:

    There is already more than enough drug supply to meet demand. Anybody who wants to get high can do so. People who don’t want to get high won’t suddenly want to if prices drop.

    The disapperance of one useless drug law enforcement agency will have zero effect on rates of drug use. Wait and see.

  • malcolmkyle

    Some simple facts:

    * A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs, such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

    * Due to Prohibition, the availability of mind-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered, that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

    * The massive majority of people who use drugs do so recreationally – getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

    * A small minority of people will always experience drug use as problematic.

    * Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement, even whole governments, and induced an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

    * It’s not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste hundreds of billions of our money in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

    * Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the prohibited drugs have ever done.

    * The United States jails a larger percentage of it’s own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes.

    * The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.
    – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor, essayist and philologist.

    * In ‘the land formally known as free’, all citizens have been stripped of their 4th amendment rights and are now totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government with a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into their homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary.

    * As with torture, prohibition is a grievous crime against humanity. If you support it, or even simply tolerate it by looking the other way while others commit it, you are an accessory to a very serious moral transgression against humanity.

    * The United States re-legalized certain drug use in 1933. The drug was alcohol, and the 21st amendment re-legalized its production, distribution and sale. Both alcohol consumption and violent crime dropped immediately as a result, and, very soon after, the American economy climbed out of that same prohibition engendered abyss into which it had previously been pushed.

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