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Letter: Drug dealing is for real

Carl L. McWilliams
Glenwood Springs

In September of 2014 I was unlawfully evicted from a west GWS basement apartment and suddenly this 66-year-old man from California was homeless.

That fact clarified, this letter is in response to Mitch Mulhall’s Aug. 14 and Doug Meyers’ Aug. 19 letters to the PI. In Mulhall’s and Meyers’ mindset, because GWS Police Chief Terry Wilson is a good old boy and because he grew up here, it’s OK to give a pass to what I consider Wilson’s incompetence in running the GWS police force. I adamantly disagree with that assessment and because meth is on our streets and homeless addicts and drunks are passed out in the doors of GWS businesses; this public controversy demands the immediate attention of the civil body politic of GWS. In other words, the people of GWS must decide who is correct, Mulhall and Meyers, or Carl L. McWilliams.

Mitch Mulhall believes my firsthand observations (as a University of California-trained sociologist) of the competing pot dealers and the meth trade dealers and the increase of used heroin needles left on our sidewalks and the local teenager activity in the alley behind the Methodist Church during “soup” is a “passing fantasy.” After that, Doug Meyers believes I’m “stupid” for wanting police officers on mountain bikes patrolling the streets of GWS. Therefore I make the following statement to the civil body politic of GWS:

Hidden within the homeless population of GWS, there are basically two competing types of street drug dealers doing business: 1) exclusively pot and 2) meth and heroin. These street dealers hide in plain sight, some showering Monday-Friday at Feed My Sheep. All or most of them eat Monday-Friday at “soup” with take-out meals, so as to not be that conspicuous.

In July of this year I witnessed something horrific: Three clean cut, 14- or 15-year-old GWS boys arrived on skateboards at the library and then walked behind the Methodist Church 15 minutes before “soup” opened at 5 p.m. These three GWS children then bought pot from one of the local dealers, but sitting next to this pot dealer was a meth dealer. Think about it, parents of GWS teenagers: Three of your clean-cut teenagers were buying street pot, and less than 5 feet away meth and heroin was also for sale.

If that is a “passing fantasy” and I am “stupid” for wanting officers on mountain bikes, then Police Chief Terry Wilson, this city isn’t big enough for both of us.


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