Heavily armed police SWAT
teams raided a dormitory at McIntosh College in Dover, NH, on Monday, arresting
nine students (seven on marijuana charges, one for ecstasy, and one for
marijuana, ecstasy, and Valium) and urging federal prosecutors to seize
the dorm under federal "crack house" laws.
"It's an open air drug market
like we've never seen in this city," said Dover Police Chief William Fenniman.
"My idea is to stop the building from being used for any illicit activity.
Whatever it takes to do that, I'm willing to do," he told the Associated
Press, leading concerned readers to wonder whether the chief had considered
a cruise missile attack.
According to students at
the college's Atlantic Culinary Academy, whose students occupied the dorm
in question, Fenniman's raid was over the top. Fenniman had apparently
notified the media beforehand, students told the AP, because reporters
and photographers were present as body-armored raiders threw students to
the ground and arrested them. "Why do you need M-14s to arrest kids
with weed?" asked student Cecilia Self.
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Issue #252, 8/30/02
Editorial: War Crimes Against Patients | Incarceration Nation: US Population Under Correctional Control Hits New Record | Not All Students Will Start School This Week -- Tens of Thousands Lose Aid Due to Drug Convictions | Initiative Foes Play Hardball in Michigan -- Effort Threatened by Certification Board, Conyers Calls for Investigation of Federal Lobbying | RAVE Act Opponents Gear Up | More Black Men in Prison Than College, Study Finds | Dr. Hurwitz Calls It Quits: Leading National Pain Management Physician to Close Practice, Cites Fear of Feds | The (F)Utility of DAWN: Experts Look at the Drug Abuse Warning Network | Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Publishes Comprehensive, Nationwide Guide to Clemency | Medical Marijuana Through the Ages: New Info on MarijuanaInfo.org | Offer: Tapes of Stossel Legalization Special Now Available | Newsbrief: Texas Opens Belated Investigation into Tulia Bust | Newsbrief: New Hampshire Cop Wants to Seize College Dorm After Drug Raid | Newsbrief: Western Washington US Attorney Solicits Marijuana Cases, No Bust Too Small | Newsbrief: Canadian Cops Call for National Drug Strategy, Oppose Legalization | Newsbrief: Canada Medical Marijuana Battles Continue -- Protests in Toronto, Minister Changes Tune | Newsbrief: Drug Raid Leads to Mini-Riot in Minneapolis | Newsbrief: Oklahoma Governor Overrules Parole Board, Orders Man Held for Life for Cocaine Possession | Newsbrief: Vietnam Beefs Up Customs Drug Budget | Newsbrief: Asian Speed Shows Up, Feds Feed USA Today "New Drug" Story | Demos Fellowships in Criminal Justice and Democracy Reform | Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision | The Reformer's Calendar
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