Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Illegal drugs are strangling the life out of our neighborhoods

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - July 19, 2018

By - Jul 19th, 2018 09:31 am

On Tuesday I was informed that Milwaukee Police and HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) agents made a major drug bust of an individual who has been dealing pure fentanyl on the street in the area of S. Layton Blvd. and W. Mineral.

Fentanyl is poison that is killing drug users and seriously endangering officers who come into contact with it. I have just one question for the mayor and for our former police chief (Ed Flynn): So when did the 8th Aldermanic District become the epicenter for drugs in Milwaukee?!

I place much of the blame on former MPD Chief Flynn, who simply refused to administer the resources necessary to fight drugs when the problem was first exploding. When so many of us were clamoring for more patrols and additional officers to fight the scourge, we got squat from Chief Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett.

With no focus of needed manpower and resources to fight drugs on the near south side, the situation deteriorated in a fairly short amount of time. For those of us who fought for years to restore neighborhoods to the point where they were safe, this downturn in public safety and saturation of illegal drugs has been extremely painful and disheartening.

The drug problem has been fueling addicted panhandlers and prostitutes and so many other crime issues – all while Chief Flynn and Mayor Barrett did little or nothing to stop it. What we are witnessing is what happens when you neglect to address the incendiary nature of a drug epidemic. Crime explodes and neighborhoods literally get torn to pieces before our eyes.

The individual who was selling the fentanyl was doing so within a few blocks of four churches and two schools. I’m told his normal preferred peddling corner was 27th and Evergreen right next to a building housing retirees, and right across from the Domes, which attracts visitors from across the region and the state.

What a wonderful tourist attraction!

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One thought on “Illegal drugs are strangling the life out of our neighborhoods”

  1. Steve P says:

    Thank you Alderman Donovan for shedding light on this drug problem plaguing Milwaukee neighborhoods while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Bob Bauman are too focused on these Bird Scooters Downtown!I fear this problem may already be making its way into the 11th Aldermanic district where I live!I sometimes wonder why there are nice homes in my neighborhood listed for sale on the market for over 100 days?The answer is real easy!Who wants to move here with terrible schools and terrible roads?Who wants to ride on a bike path without being worried about getting hit by pellets from a high powered B.B. Gun?And this loser who did this near the Hank Aaron Bike Path is still on the loose!Not too far from all of the drug dealing going on!It’s going to be a matter of time before I list my place for sale soon after the updates I made!Now I hear stories from former Milwaukee residents who moved but put their old homes in contingency!Why?Who wants to buy a house in a high crime neighborhood?84th and Capitol for instance?No thank you!I guess Streetcars get the highest priority here!

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