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#1 Pensacola Drug Dealer Spot

February 26, 2010

The corner of A and Jackson streets is where drugs are sold daily openly on the street. It’s not secret. Everyone in that community knows it. You can drive by there at all hours of the day and see young black males waiting for customers, making deals.

On IN Your Head TV, I had a caller on Tuesday who was clearly frustrated by the drug dealing at this corner. An older gentleman, he said that he was really frustrated by the dealers selling so openly, with no fear—“But being 6’2″, they don’t mess with me that much.”

Asst. Police Chief Chip Simmons was my guest for that show. He talked about the Pensacola Police Department periodically increasing patrols in the area and having officers park their cars in the area and writing their reports near the corner.

That isn’t working.

The corner is in the city council district of Jewel Cannada-Wynn and only a few blocks west of Ronald Townsend’s district —what do they think about having the one of the most open drug dealing spots in their neighborhoods? How about Escambia County Commissioner Marie Young? Has she ever ridden by that corner and seen the drugs being sold in her district?

We know the African-American city council members are concerned about a five-minute tourism video—but what about the drug dealing in their districts? Which is really more important? When we will they lead the charge to take this street corner away from the drug dealers?

Marie Young sat out of the Brownsville Middle School acquisition issue. Will she sit out on this one, too?

Ms. Cannada-Wynn, Mr. Townsend and Ms. Young, your constituents are crying out for help. Drug dealers have taken over their street corner…and they feel abandoned.

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  • Bob October 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Since when are political leaders directly involved in day-to-day policing? This is about who the entire council hired to lead the department and Pensacola’s obsession with catering to the big-shot businessmen downtown. Wealthy and influential people in Pensacola want the police patrolling their own neighborhoods and businesses, not doing surveillance in low income neighborhoods.

  • Evan February 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    We have people crying to reign in police activity after the Ard/Steen incident, but then we have open drug dealing going on. Are officers going to be allowed to pursue suspects?Are we going to tie their hands in fear that they may have a rare (and they are very rare) accident? Are people going to claim that the officers are planting guns on suspects? These questions will be the fallout of current events in Pensacola.

  • Ross Calloway February 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Good point Rick. I kind of like the notion of people taking action like you’re doing here, letting the public know where the cancer spots in our community are.

    Now I’d like to know where the nbr 2 spot is, nbr 3, etc., and hopefully the rest of the community would like to know as well.

    Same for gangs. Where do they hang out?

    Is it possible that more exposure and public pressure on this underworld would help in eliminating it?

    And, would the ACLU and slip and fall lawyers have a problem with the community and the police trying to clean things up? After all, that’s what the public expects of them. I remember seeing bumper stickers back in the 60’s saying “Support Your Local Police.” What happened to that? I mean, chances are someone might be picked up and questioned and found to be clean. But due to the propensity for the type of activity that goes on at A and Jackson, just being there should be probable cause enough for a sidewalk interview and search by law enforcement. And city council-person Jewel Cannada-Wynn ought to be there (on the street) to support her local police if she were serious about what goes on in her district. The police shouldn’t have to be concerned with being sued for trying to do their job.

    Next problem is how fast the thugs & drugs crowd get returned to the street. But that’s another article.