When I was with an addict in order, to keep her out of danger while I was trying to help he get off of crack, I bought her drugs. If I got busted I would have gone to prison for selling drugs. If you possessed drugs and did not use them you were charged with sale. Under the law I was selling drug for a place to live and sex.

I would have done hard time but I deserved it. If you can't do the time don't do the crime.

If you are busted for possession in Detroit and you are a user the odds are that you will be sent to a rehab on the first offense.

I have noticed that the kids selling drugs on the street and the dealers that have the drug houses and above make the money. (If they don't use.) I knew a 16 year old that made $1,000 to $3,000 a week. When his house was broken into and his stash, stereo, TV and $5,000 was stolen he decided to quit. The odds are that the kids will die or end up in prison after they are legally adults.

The ones that sold out of the houses usually blew their profits on what they used. I would see them on the street and they would borrow gas money from me.

A 14 year old kicked his parents out of the house and sold drugs from it. After about 3 months he was killed. He was not in a gang. He was a sole proprietor.

Based on what I have seen over the past two years the kids are less likely to get into selling now.
The gangs seem to be losing members and most kids are tired of the bloodshed.

The drug violence here seems to be down.

The drugs are still there but the dealers seem to realize if the keep a low profile the odds are that they will prosper. If they are smart they even work to make the area they are in safer.

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