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In the Frazier Courts housing project in Dallas, Texas, a crackdown by federal and local law enforcement led to the indictment of twenty-four gang members on narcotics and firearms charges, including using children to sell crack. Twenty-two have been convicted.
I was 16 when this happened. I saw the Feds come in and raid everything. I went to elementary school with these guys’ brothers and sisters. I knew the kids that were involved because one of my cousins started running errands for them. He sold drugs at a pretty young age, going between that and running a fundraising hustle.
His mom was an alcoholic (legal drug) in an abusive relationship, and became ill. He was a real sweet kid. He’d buy his sister shoes and clothes with the money he earned selling crack. He had an extraordinary sense of responsibility. He grew up selling drugs, running hustles, got addicted to cough syrup and did a 5 year stint in prison for robbery. Everyone’s got a story, and that includes 22 convicted crack dealers and the kids who became an after thought who have a similar story.