Article: Drug trade in our area, and around the world, is an ever-changing business. Improvements in technology and economic changes have a big impact on the way dealers do business.
Which, in turn, impacts the way police have to go after them. So how does the Binghamton police department keep a handle on changes in this criminal business world?
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: The key is drug trade from country to country not in this area. The majority of drug dealers and drug users are not sophisticated and conduct business the same way it has been done for decades with the miner / insignificant addition of cell phones.
Article: For years, the drug game played out purely on the streets. The Binghamton PD would use undercover officers in areas known for high drug traffic.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: The drug game is played out on the streets more so today than when Captain Eggleston was out there. Today you can witness major drug deals in front of the local high school while two or more police officers stay perched on the corner talking to each other. I recently spoke to one of the Gang Prevention informants (a former drug dealer) who admitted to selling $800.00-$1200.00 a day within yards of the daily police presence while he attended that high school. Drug deals in the past happened mostly at night. Today deals are made in broad daylight anywhere you go in the Southern Tier. If you dress right and look interested you will be approached on the street in a store or at work or school.
Article: Dave Eggleston, Binghamton Police Captain, says, "He would describe to us, what's going on, who he was approaching, he would make a deal. He would make a deal, leave the area. We would then move in and stop the dealer. We would get several a night, on a good night. But by the time Dave Eggleston took over the department's Special Investigations Unit in 2000, that had changed."
Eggleston adds, "Nobody was on the street selling cold...it had fully turned into an appointment business."
Which means a more time-intensive and expensive process for cops.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: This Statement is simply ludicrous. This comment alone started a flurry of phone calls to ask if I had heard about the news coverage. The new administration is clearly on a crusade to get every grant dollar available.
Article: Eggleston says, "Drug dealers constantly adapt to our methods, and vice versa...so it's a game of cat and mouse."
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: The game is how to make it appear more time-intensive and expensive in order to qualify for more grant money. The dealers have absolutely nothing to adapt to. The game is like the boxer paid to take a fall, only the boxer expected to give the knock-out punch is so bad he just can't find a good time to set up the fake punch. Nothing short of shutting off the lights will provide the opportunity. In this case the media is the light switch. Channel 34 the Press and Sun Bulletin and other local media are deliberate co-conspirators in this ludicrous sensational fairy tale. Fight Back has been completely silenced from discussing the truth with the public.
Article: And the mouse, the dealer, has technology on his side these days. The biggest change to drug trade is the cell phone.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: Actually the cell phone has brought the dealer out on the street and easier to spot than ever.
Article: Most dealers won't sell to clients without an appointment and won't grant appointments without trust. So investigations, like the one leading up to a drug sting last year on Delmar Street, can take months.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: The article is nothing more than Police propaganda. If the media did not agree to silence Fight Back and other concerned citizens, Captain Eggleston would never attempt to spew such ridiculous / ludicrous garbage. Drug dealers are paranoid and do not make appointments allowing time for a set up. Notice that at no time the captain mentions the users which guarantee new dealers will fill the void of each dealer arrested. That is if a couple of them are stupid enough to make appointments.
Article: Eggleston says, "It took a while for the drug dealer to agree to meet with the undercover, and even doing so, wouldn't DEAL with the undercover...the more security conscious dealers we deal with will do it that way."
This dealer, Winston Zammett, was selling large amounts Eventually the undercover officer developed a comfort level with Zammett; he was buying from him in his home, enough to allow police to get a search warrant.
Eggleston says, "Hit it with the SWAT team, his place on Delmar. And it worked like clockwork. He was home; he was taken completely by surprise."
Police found guns and nearly 10 thousand dollars of crack, which carried heavy charges. But that's not always how it happens. Search warrants are becoming less productive because dealers keep their stash in multiple places and carry very little product on them. The product they do have usually is hidden well.
Eggleston says, "We see them walking down the street, they'll have a bottle of water in their hand. If the police roll up on them, they take a drink of water and they swallow it."
So carefully planned and timed busts work best. Eggleston says the goal is always to go up the ladder- hit the source. For many local cases, that tactic leads police to New York City, where over 90 percent of our area's drugs come from.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: This article is a complete contradiction. In the beginning they don't sell on the street cold. They just do it by appointment. Now in this last statement he sold large amounts, "weight", more than just 20 or 50 bucks of crack cocaine. And his sales covered all the typical hot spots: streets, store parking lots, gas stations, but were spread throughout the county. "We see them walking down the street, they'll have a bottle of water in their hand. If the police roll up on them, they take a drink of water and they swallow it." Well what is it? They do not sell on the street or do they? They sell weight or they swallow amounts that would kill them if ingested. I have publicly invited any law enforcer to debate me in a public arena. I can't imagine why I haven't had a reply.
Article: Eggleston says, "It comes down to supply and demand. There's a huge demand here and there's a huge supply there, it's only 3 hours away.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: Captain Eggleston may not be aware of the multitude of drugs coming in from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Middletown, New Jersey, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Connecticut, Florida and Los Vegas. Most of the recent dealers are from the Bronx. Not Brooklyn although they do come from there.
Article: And Eggleston says the Binghamton drug business fuels crime, especially violent crime, making many cases harder to investigate. But Eggleston says the Binghamton PD does have strong relationships with many downstate precincts, specifically in Brooklyn. Based on statistics, Eggleston doesn't believe the average person in our area should be overly concerned about becoming a victim, but that's not always the case.
Eggleston says, "Some innocent people got hurt, and that's a rare occasional here in Binghamton also, where people who are not related to any of the nonsense that happens in the drug world, get caught up in the middle. "
So what can be done to make sure that doesn't happen? And how can cops keep a step ahead of dealers? Eggleston thinks regionalized drug enforcement needs to be explored to better coordinate investigations that go beyond city lines. As for catching the mouse, Eggleston says it's about taking advantage of a dealer's mistakes and constantly keeping track of changes in the business.
Eggleston says, "They know how we do things. But they also need to make money. Most dealers understand that it's part of their business that...we're out there."
Wednesday night at 6, news Channel 34 goes on a ride-along with two plainclothes officers, giving you an inside look at how patrols and surveillance play an important part in fighting drug trade within the city.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: What Captain Eggleston and News-Channel 34 refuse to talk about is the well organized gangs targeting middle school children, victimizing young girls and terrorizing businesses, landlords and innocent neighborhoods. There are thousands of innocent victims. Any one who listens to a scanner will tell you of countless calls to law enforcement and victims ignored and covered up from the public, shootings, stabbings, beatings, overdoses and vandalism that happens daily in Binghamton alone. Channel 34 should take a ride from midnight to 6 a m without the well known plain cloths police. They won't even talk about the meth lab I sent their own reporter to cover. A meth lab that has been reported raided and eradicated 3 times in the past six months. The occupants arrested more than once on felony meth lab charges at that address and others in the past six months. Eggleston took over the department's Special Investigations Unit in 2000. Congratulations after six years crime, drugs and organized gangs rule the streets. We have recently become the capital of meth for the entire state of New York with the first and only meth lab fire resulting in death in the entire state located in Binghamton, NY. We can also talk about the victims of Fight Back. The teachers, police officers, reporters and business owners intimidated for supporting Fight Back solutions that threaten long-term investigations and future law enforcement grants. Citizens who are victimized by being keep in the dark and lied to by their public servants and the media that refuses to provide fair and balanced reports on the areas drug issue. The senior citizen who had a barber shop and was beaten to near death for a few dollars, the jewelry store clerks taped and robbed at gun point, the dozens of women who's purses get snatched and children exposed to the violence in domestic abuse arguments about drugs, the parents being hustled by both drug dealers to pay their kids tab and law enforcement to be silent until they can investigate longer and justify more funding.
Fight Back Drug Consultant Comments: Taking Back Binghamton Pt. 2: Not worth commenting on.
Keep an eye out for my next article titled "Off The Record".