Broward Sheriff’s Office announced charges against 85 alleged crack cocaine dealers as part of a six-month investigation called “Operation Street Sweeper.” Ranging in age from 14 to 62, the suspects are accused of selling drugs to undercover deputies 220 times, with one dealer returning on 13 separate occasions.
The suspects include 10 juveniles and 8 women, Sheriff Al Lamberti said. All the suspects are residents of Dania Beach. All were videotaped selling drugs in about a four-square mile area.
Based on the 29,000 people who live in Dania Beach, according to Mayor Al Jones, the breakdown is about one crack dealer for every 341 residents. Sun-Sentinel
That’s an impressive ratio. How could a 1-street, broken-down seaside resort town support so many enterprising criminals? I call the Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce — down to 3 members, now — for information, and get Donald “Dusty” Mote on the horn.
Well, crime does that.
“Oh, it wasn’t the crime factor. They were successful. They were making a lot of money. Right here in Dania Beach! Can you imagine? One thing the city fathers can’t stomach is success, legal or illegal. These bastards had to go!”
You mean like the restaurants, realtors, motels, small businesses, and convenience stores you’ve forced out over the years?
“Damn betcha! And don’t forget the antique shops and sex emporiums! Some of these places managed to survive all the blight we manufactured and plywood storefronts we arranged for better’n ten years! What kind of example is that? So this time we brought in the county to help us out. Ha ha!”
That’ll teach anybody to try to make a living in Dania, alright.
“Y’know, we spent the last 18 months here in town repaving US-1 and beautifying the medians just so anybody coming through town keeps on going, from one end to the other, without a thought of stopping to buy anything or look around. That asphalt road is smooth and clean as a cheerleader’s thighs. You think we want successful roadside businesses to interfere with people’s driving through? Doesn’t matter if it’s sex, drugs, or a fresh vegetable stand! If it’s successful, it’s gotta go! And so do I. Nice talking with you.” Click.
And here I thought that road work was just to make sure the unions were working in an election year. Besides, Dania’s so small its main drag is a transvestite. And now the empty streets are safe for, well, for nobody. And nothing. Because that’s all that’s there.