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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, November 22, 1970

Sunday, November 22, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRITZ METZGER'S
ALTES DEUTSCHES
RESTAURANT
WUNDERBAR SPEISEN!
SAUERBRATEN MIT SPATZEN * GERBRATENES HUHN
HASENPFEFFER * WEINER SCHNITZEL " KASSELER
RIPPCHEN * KNACKWURST * BRATWURST
SCHNAPS, BIER UND WEIN
BITTE ANRUFFEN 662-0737
TAEGLICH GEOEFFNET 11 a.m. bis 8:30 p.m.
SONNTAG 11 a.m. bis 8 p.m. GESCHLOSSEN DONNERSTAG
120 W.WA
Washington AoZLICI WILL KOMMEN r

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In the afternoon I explain-
ed my phony dealership
scheme to Darryl, who seemed
interested, and then impressed
when I tipped him $20 to buy
an afternoon's worth of
"j ones."
Darryl was still skeptical,
of course, and so I didn't press
him to meet his contacts to
buy the heroin.
Instead I used some grand-
motherly logic: I bought food
to feed the entire house and
we cooked four chickens with
stuffing and layed out the
cranberry sauce and aspara-
gus tips. Everyone in Stone
Manor isn't a junkie, but just
about everyone's poor. They
really appreciated the feast.
After dinner I slipped Dar-
ryl another $20 and I asked to
go along to meet his source.
A block away, past dark al-
leys often littered with need-
les and syringes and up three
flights of stairs is the office of
Frank Jacks, the neighbor-
hood's biggest dealer.,
Frank grew up on these
streets, a tough, no-nonsense
kid who is now 35 years old,
slow-talking, good looking,
slightly paunchy heroin busi-
nessman with four children at
home and a wife in prison.
He lives in a separate apart-
ment around the corner with
his children and his mistress,
a runaway from Grosse Pointe
who is eight months pregnant

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and babysits in return for her
daily supply of heroin.
One of Frank's bodyguards
(who are not junkies be-
cause Frank can't trust
junkies to guard him) opens'
the door. Two youths are on
rtheir way out of the cramp-
ed apartment which is lit-
tered with broken furniture.
There are three rooms: the
living room where another
guard sits menacingly on a
couch, shotgun craddled In
his arms, the kitchen where
j open cupboard doors reveal
A guard aims his
45 at Dar ry l's
head. "Don't
reach in your
pocket li ke that,"
he says.
empty shelves, and the bed-
room where Frank is sitting
with a needle stuck in his
thigh waiting for a "rush"
from one of six hits he takes
daily to satisfy his $150-a-
day habit.
"Who's he?" the guard
tilts his head at me. "He's
cool," Darryl assures him.
"We're gonna be partners."
Darryl reaches into h i s
pocket for the money and a
Continued on Page 14
CYCLE
STORAGE
Don't Leave
Your Motorcycle
Out in the Cold.
WE'LL KEEP IT WARM AND
DRY ALL WINTER FOR A
SMALL FEE.
We'll Even Protect It With a
Burglar Alarm System
DOWNTOWN
HONDA
665-8637
310 E. WASHINGTON

nnfmEpilogue
Frank returned to jail last week, a mi- than narcotics violations, and they con-
nor sentence far a minor crime, larceny centrate their undercover work on large STUDENTS! We hav
y= from a building. He has a lengthy police suppliers. But even when they intercept
record, most of them for misdemeanors a big shipment, they admit it only takes ; and the ineans to give
which police use to harrass dealers when a few days for organized crime to replace
they can't prove they are actually selling it. r I
i heroin. The heroin industry is big business. Any
Frank's girlfriend returned to her par- industry with a 10,000 per cent profit al- TEAC
ents in Grosse Pointe after a version of ways is.
this article which I wrote for the Free Before asking what can be done, we AR
Press was printed. She is expecting her should assess the situation:
baby in two weeks. The baby should be all One, heroin has been ruining black peo- KENWOOD
right under a doctor's supervision even ple in the inner cities of this country for
though it will be born an addict. 25 years and no one paid any attention. JENSEN
Darryl called the Free Press after the Now that white suburban kids are getting SOY
Yseries hit the newsstands and wairned: hooked, the newsoprrs and the public SO
"I'm getting out of the state becqce mYv ar finally concerned. We can bitch about
life ain't worth a plug nickle new. And reism but werhave to take advantage of
ifyudntwn rn' osafter you, the Dublic outrage. 121W. Washington
you'll get the hell outta here, too." He Two, most people still believe the po-
and ue pesumbly ave eft.lice will solve the problem. We must ac-
The mother of one junkie I met called cept the fact that they can't. I a a
to say her daughter had decided to re- Three, most kids still believe they can
turn home to Royal Oak to dry out. But get off heroin just like they can stop
h most junkies in the neighborhood are smoking marijuana. They must be con-
still going through the same dehuman- vinced that this not only isn't true phys-
izing routine to satisfy their appetites. ically, it isn't true commercially. Heroin
Most have no place to go home to. dealers have a vested interest in regulat-
One thing should be clear: The police ing the flow of heroin to addicts so they
are never going to stop heroin traffick- will always come back for more.
ing and they're never going to stop street My experiences have convinced me that
crime. the only solution is a controlled legaliza-
Detroit police concede that point. tion of all drugs, including heroin.
They're just a holding action until some- Aspirin addicts and heroin addicts are
thing better comes along. both hypochondriacs. But one is a legal
They don't have the time or the men hypochrondriac and the other is illegal.
to infiltrate neighborhood operations like Both should be treated as medical pa-
Frank's. And they don't want to risk the tients, not as criminals.
danger or go through legal hassles when Controlled legalization will eliminate 50
they know arresting Frank isn't going to per cent of the street crime because that
change the level of heroin sales and street much is directly associated with heroirr
crime. traffic. It will cut the profit out of the t
So they pick up dealers and junkies on heroin market. It will take politics out of
chance arrests, usually for crimes other a medical issue.
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Q. "Don't sit around doing
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R. The elegant chafing dish
combines stainless steel,
wood and cast iron, 12.95;
S. Flame Chef casseroles go
from freezer to oven to table.
Stew pot, 1 qt., 7.50
T. Solid oak carving board
has extra deep well, chromef
holder, 12x18", 9.95
U. Wood cheese olatter has
plastic dome, knife, 8.95 S
V. Cheese dish has ceramic
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W. George Briard cheese server
is wood and ceramic. 10.00
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customers and by midnight
people a r e shooting up-
stairs and going downstairs
to the psychedelic room"
for aparty of 33 records at
16 speed and only night
lights to pierce the dark-
ness.
I am acting as a body-
guard forsDarryl when a
n ew customer exclaims,
"Hey, didn't you u s e d to
work for the Michigan Daily
in Ann Arbor."
"Who me?" I almost gag.
I didn't recognize the guy
who had long hair and a
beard. He could have been
a trainee on The Daily when
I was a senior editor or may-
be somebody I'd met at a
party in Ann Arbor. But he
is sure he knows me.
"You must be thinking of
somebody e 1s e," I say. "I
ain't never been to Ann Ar-
bor. Hey, your mind must be
getting rotten, man. Y o u
better get a 'do' and relax."

"Okay, sure," he says.
"But it must have been your
twin brother."
Darryl overheard the con-
versation and he started to
question me. I put him off,
going downstairs to the party
to tell Richmond we w e r e
getting the hell out. He packed
his bags and tossed them over
the porch railing into the al-
ley below, while I scrupulous-

An hour later we told Darryl
we were going out for a beer.
Richmond was wearing h i s
knife. Darryl noticed the knife
and growled, "O k a y, but I
want to talk to you guys when
you get back."
We went out the front, cir-
cled around back to pick up
Richmond's duffle bags and
then ran across the pedestrian
bridge over the John Lodge

ly avoided Darryl. Freeway to catch a cab home.

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