Area Around Sweet Mango Was Declared a Drug Free Zone


I just noticed these signs after they expired. I wonder if there are any statistics to show the effectiveness of these temporary drug free zones? I know lots of folks out there have followed this more closely than I have – anyone know if the statistics exist? I wonder if it was related to the recent shooting at Sweet Mango? By the by, Sweet Mango is open but there liquor license is still suspended pending a hearing.

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  • Generally, such signs do nothing. They’re just a fun waste of time so we don’t have to tackle the harder problems that are the root causes of such issues.

  • They did this in my area, further north, a few months ago. I seriously doubt it did anything. Can’t the cops already arrest people who are hanging around, doing drug deals?

  • OK, yes, we had these running three times. Each time the drug dealing and violence ceased completely for the period of time that the signs were up. On the third time it didn’t and something like three guys got arrested.

  • Shouldn’t an area ALWAYS be drug-free? Why make it temporary. Places that are havens for the violent and harmful illegal drug industry need to know that they will not be tolerated. They make a bad name for everyone and they make the neighborhoods unsafe.

  • What a stupid idea. If drugs are illegal then all areas are drug free.

    This is an excuse to prevent people from gathering in small groups.

  • Stupid? Howsabout unconstitutional. I’m no legal scholar, but this seems to dismantle the right of free assembly down to policing of groups like hall monitors in high school. This is absurd.

  • I believe this type of signs/postings are used to help the police. Since the community knows where the drugs are, then why not help the police.

  • I think it allows the police to bring another charge against anyone arrested with drugs in the area which means that instead of just getting papered, the perps might actually be tried or do time.

  • A drug free zone creates an enhanced penalty which helps law enforcement by giving prosecutors a bargaining chip in plea negotiations. Such zones are perfectly legal as nobody has a constitutional right to sell drugs.

  • Doh – my fault for not seeing the “with the intention of use, sales, distribution, etc” clause.
    But do the police usually deal with drug dealers by telling them to disperse first?

  • Why not make them do time for the actual drug charge if that is the goal? e

  • This is a misnomer. The drugs are not free, but deeply discounted for the holiday season.

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