Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 24, 1972 · Page 19
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 19

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 24, 1972
Page 19
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Head of New Drug Abuse Office Hopes To Start Action by May By TOM SEPPY Asjociated Pr«ss Writer WASHINGTON (AP)' - The chief of a recently organized federal office seeking to crack down on illegal heroin trade says he hopes to begin jury action against narcotics peddlers by May. Myles J. Ambrose, special as' sistant attorney general heading up the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, said also he doesn't believe government efforts will reduce the heroin supply for addicts to zero. But, he added, the heroin problem must be reduced to "manageable proportions" where "heroin cannot he sold openly;" Questions and answers-. Q. Why do we need'this new The Suzuki TC-125. The best trail-riding bike in its class. You don't truck this one to the dirt. You ride it. Dual- range gearbox. 4 for trails, 4 for street. 13 hp/7000 rpm. Knobbys. Chrome luggage rack. Primary kick starting. CCI automatic lube. HOFF'S 2526 8th Avenue 352-7196 Office? Why can't the Bureau »f Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs be expanded to do the ame thing you are doing now? A. You can't expand the legal art of the operation. The pro- ram basically is the combined egal-invesligafive learn ap- roach and that has never been ried before. It's experimental. We're in effect reprogramm- ng some of the activities of the iureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. There's just no fay you could just throw ibis n the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs because it in /olves components of not only Ire BNDD but the Justice De larlment's U.S. attorney's of- ice, the Justice Department it- ielf and other federal agencies. Q. How soon can the public expect to see some of the re- iulls from your new office? A. It's hard to say. I'm very lesilanl to make predictions on uccesses. I would think that as oon as we get grand juries gong, as soon as we get our earns'in f u l l , operations, that here will be some impact in he public sector, particularly n affected communities. How soon? What form it's gong to take right away? I don't hink I'm going to be too smart about it and make all kinds ol plans in advance. Q. Isn't it important wha 1 'orm your successes lake? Won't the result be that some rushers will be getting off the street? A. Yes, that will he part of it Actually, I don't really person ally care if we put a million people in jail or we do not. The purpose will be to reduce lire availability of heroin considera bly. We can do that by dis rupling the traffic or making i hard to get in a variety p ways. Swell. I don't really ?a.-e What we're trying to do is t stop it from getting into th hands of people who can ex periment with it, trying t make it difficult for addicts t get it so that they're- going t get treatment and so forth. It's not going to be the kill' of situation where we can say 'Okay, we got 122 arrests Ihi week 1 and that's the' greale: "A Place Fit For Feet." S SHOES 911 16th St. dicafion of our success or the nly indication of our success. It will be a measure but lat's only part of it. Q. .When will you to ay you're running a successful rogram? A. Again, this pusher pro- ram is one element of the to- l federal effort. Our part is a ontribution to the whole rather tan an isolated situation of its vn. We expect certain trends ill indicate success of the to- al federal program. . Obviously some of the in cations are that there are more addicts looking for meth done treatment. It is very im- oriant that bur agents find the vailability of heroin is'reduced onsiderably, that the price lias one up. Now the key indication you ave to have subjective eval- ations on. That is whether you ave fewer people, who are on 10 periphery of the addiction opulation, going into addiction sing, experimenting with hero n. That is something we can'l eally measure. How can you ay that a kid who could have xperimented didn't? Q. In order to be successful on't you have to reduce the eroin supply to zero? And i ou don't, these people arcn'i oing to lose the habit. They're jst going to steal more to pay higher prices brought on b; carcity. A: That doesn't necessaril u ollow. It could. It's been a hing we're concerned about 'ame studies indicate tha here is not a significant in :rease over a period of tim vhen there is a reduction o iupply. -There have been som itories in the 50s that ther vere panics. · But now you will have in con neclion with this program aF ernatives available other fha leroin. So it's not a question o :he heroin addict 1 bending ove n pain. -He's got to get some ;hing in order to stop from gaining himself, or 'bein jained. · . Now lie's got another oppor lunily. He can go get meth ad one or something. So I don think we're going to see th concomitant rise in crime. About the question of re ! .u- ing it to ERO, I'm not so sur that's a possibility. I thin again the greatest problem to gel it to manageable propo tions. Obviously t i r a n y ' o f ' u from the humane slandpoin one heroin addict is enoug But certainly we've got to brin it back to some situation whe heroin cannot be sold openl What ever that figure is, I": not about to say. Q. How many addicts do you y there are? A. BNDD has recently come t with a evaluation based on me . statistical projections. ley estimate tire re are 580,000 ddicls in the United Stales. I'll with their figure. Q. How many pushers? A. We got in our files 3,000' ames already of pushers, oslly addict pushers. Almost r ery addict is a potential usher, if not in reality a push. Some do it much more ex- nsively than others. But (here re an awful lot of nbnaddict ushers, loo. Q. Those are the ones you 2ally want to get, aren't they? A. Yes. Q. How close are you going to e working with local police id local officials. One of the omplainfs by blacks is if 12- ear-old kids can find pushers, hy can't the police? A. If what the 12-year-old kid an find can be found, we're oing to find it. Q. Well, don't you think the olice could have found them? A. I always find it difficult to nswer speculative questions. II nay well be .they could but I on't really know. But we are oing to work very closely willi ocal police. In New York now, ·e have learns in full opei~- lion. The size up there musl e 3-to-l local and state as op josed to federal agents. Q. How big are the teams in S'ew York? A. We're averaging 10-man cams. This is going to be var ed depending on experience and how it works. Q. How many teams bavi r ou actually set up oper ationally? A. We've-set up operations s. ar as investigative opo.'alion are concerned. The BNDD ihase alone has been in oper ilion in just about every city The legal teams are not in Iu' iperation in every city. They ivlll be. Q. One last question. I be ieve you asked for $2.3 million Will that he enough money t do the job? A. That's just for this office Most of the people we will b- pelting will be detailed or wi be reimbursed under Law Er forcement Assistance Admini tration grants. I think it's enough. We're'moving.' That's all I can say. It's not easy to get a new project going. Remember, the President announced Ine program Jan. 28. My first day was Feb. 1. And we're still aiming for May to start some grand jury action. Joys Town Not in Poverty Ranks E A R N S FIRST CLASS 1ANK -- Debbie Frydendall, 5, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. lennis Krydendall, 2526 21st Ave. Ct., recently attained irsl class rank in Girl Scouts. \ Scout since second grade, she is a sophomore at Wcsl figh School where she is a member of Art Club, Spanish lub and orchestra. She also lays violin in the Junior ?hilhariponic and shares leaching duties of tiie three- year-old Sunday School at the First Congregztional Church. She also sings in choir and is active in other church programs. She recently was on a Senior Scout tour to Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy. BOYS TOWN, Neb. (AP) --: ioys Town, the unique home! ounded 55 years ago for or- lians, has more money than it nows whal lo do with, a pub- ishcd report says. The Sun Newspapers of Omha, in a copyright report, says Boys Town has a net worth of at least $209 million, and ppssi- ily much more. Fund-raising activities bring in $25 million a ·ear, more than four times vhat is spent caring for the residents, the weekly news- pajrer says. The article says hat Boys Town had debt-free vcalth of $191.4 million in its 1970 report, while its U.S. census listed 993 men, women anc children in tire city on the western edge of Omaha. The figures would provide an average wealth of more than $191,000 per person, the newspaper lays. The institution, wilh ils 1,300 acre campus, floundered finan cially, the article said, througl most of the 30 years it was leaded by the late Msgr. E. J. ''lanagan, ils founder in 1917. Jut by his death in 1948, money tad begun to come in and Faher Flanagan had it pledged to ay oft a major plant cx- Dnsion. Msgr. Niciwlas II. Wegner, who has headed Boys Town since 1948, has concentrated on r und raising, with the result the lewspapcr said, that Boys Town is bringing in millions while there is no plan for spending the money. In addition to donations, the newspaper said Boys Town re ceives public funds from a least three different state am two different federal programs amounting to perhaps $200,009 a year. The newspaper said the in come from Boys Town's $162 million investment porlfolic brings in more than enougl each year to meet the cost o operating the home, includin; the school, counseling service and all related activities. Mon., April 24 19 Roman Catholic Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan, of Omaha, vhose clerical office makes him the chief officer of the institution, said that the fund ·aising continues because "we are not sure what the cost will re in operating an institutional ype of home in the future," the Sun reported. The newspaper said it drew much of its financial information from a statement the nonprofit corporation must file with the Internal Revenue Service under the Tax Reform Act of 1969. HORSES ARE OUT DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Police Department has dropped the idea of having mounted patrolmen for the city parks. Too expensive. City Mgr. Scott McDonald said it would cost as much 33 $60,000 a year to maintain a stable. "It's just not feasible" he said. 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