Judge snorts at coke-ring clients

Photo by Jefferson Siegel

Photo by Jefferson Siegel

Alicia Elett appeared at her arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court, above, on Fri., April 26. Elett, 25, a bartender at the Bowery Hotel, was one of 16 people arrested for buying drugs from a ring that operated out of the Baruch Houses in the Lower East Side and Campos Plaza in the East Village.

Two weeks earlier, 41 people were arrested, including the drug dealers and livery car drivers who made the deliveries.

As each of the buyers appeared before Justice Edward McLaughlin, he held up photos of the dealers, saying to each buyer that the “kingpins” of the drug rings would very likely go to jail for 15 years to life.

“There are gun battles” in the Lower East Side because of drugs, McLaughlin told them. “Cocaine and its problem has been in all the newspapers.

“In the Lower East Side, two police officers were shot at because of drug gangs shooting each other in order to control the selling of drugs to idiots,”  the judge said, glaring at the buyers.

“You,” he said to each defendant, including Elett, “are a contributing factor in the Lower East Side problem.”

The 16 had made cocaine purchases totaling from $430 to $2,400. They are due back in court this month.

Jefferson Siegel

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5 Responses to Judge snorts at coke-ring clients

  1. Who cares, let her go.

    • I care. My neighborhood on the LES is periodically under siege by the slimeballs who peddle their crap drugs, and visited by the equally slimy buyers who come seeking out their connections. Reality tells me that I will never live to see a drug-free LES or, for that matter, a drug free USA, but if busting and prosecuting the buyers as well as the sellers puts even a small dent in the drug trade then I'm all for it; and you should be too unless you're part of either side of the drug biz.

  2. Jennie Baker

    No, let the buyers face prison sentences, as well. Both they, and the sellers, are guilty.

  3. I've come to the conclusion that the drug business is worse than the drug use. Legalize, but heavily regulate, the drug saies, but put significant, non-judicial sanctions on the drug users. We'd end up with the same number of fried brain zombies, but it would suck all the profits out of the drug gangs.

    • This course of action did not, and has not worked in England since its inception during the late 1950's. In fact, during the 1980's England ceased providing free heroin or methadone to its addicts for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, numerical increase in the drug population, addicts not participating in the mandatory drug programs that were part & parcel of the 'free drugs program', addicts foregoing free drugs in favor of the street variety and lifestyle that accompanies such a lifestyle addiction!

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