The other night I went to Fullerton PD for my DRE certifications as part of the class I completed a few weeks ago. I had an interesting conversation with a suspect and I wanted to share it with people who are not familiar with addicts.
First of all, most of these people don’t have jobs, but they need income to support their habit. Where do you think they get their money from?
These addicts break into your cars, your houses and your businesses. They steal and then steal some more.
During our conversation I asked him how often he uses meth and marijuana. Without hesitation he replied, “Every day.”
“How do you feel when you don’t do meth?
“I get anxiety.”
“Does the drug make you feel well?” I asked.
“Do you drink?”
“Because I lose everything when I drink.”
“What do you mean?”
“I lose my car and I go to jail. So, now I don’t drink at all.”
“How many DUI’s do you have?”
“How much do you spend a day on meth?”
“Do you have a job?”
Let’s assume he over estimated his daily usage. Either way he still needs money for his habit. Where do you think he gets that money from?
“Where do you steal from?” I asked.
“I don’t do anything in my city. I have pride in my city.”
It seemed like he really wanted me to understand he had pride in his city and it was important to him that I knew that. I asked him more questions about his thefts, but he didn’t want to tell me. At one point he smiled and said, “I’m a criminal.”
At least he knows it.
Is this a guy you want roaming around your city? Absolutely not, but guess what? He was cited out. He was cited out like all the people who were arrested for being under the influence of a drug that night.
He was cited out because of Prop 47 in California. Prior to Prop 47, he would’ve remained in custody for the under the influence and drug paraphernalia charges. Now we have to cite him out. I’m sure that pink copy of the citation made him feel bad.
He said he normally starts to feel the anxiety about six hours after doing meth. That means he’s ready for more meth or he has to find more before that feeling of anxiety takes over.
Guess what he’s going to do if he’s short on cash? You guessed it. He’s going to rip someone off.
I still find it shocking that people in California voted for Prop 47 and allow people like Frank to be out on the street to do their thing.
What if Frank gets caught stealing at a store? He’ll get another citation for petty theft. That’s just an inconvenience to Frank. It’s the cost of doing business.
Eventually things will catch up with Frank, but right now he only has to worry about a citation. County jail time is the least of his worries.