All Drug Dealers Should Face the Same Punishment

Should an alleged drug dealer from Chicago's West Side be treated any differently than one from the suburbs? Mary Mitchell tackles that question in her Chicago Sun-Times column.

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In her Chicago Sun-Times column, Mary Mitchell asks if an alleged drug dealer from Chicago's West Side should be treated any differently than one from the suburbs. She says of course not, but that is what seems to be happening, and the disparity must stop.

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I couldn’t care less about what happens to drug dealers.

After all, the illicit drug trade has turned quiet neighborhoods into hellholes.

But should an alleged drug dealer from Chicago’s West Side be treated any differently than an alleged drug dealer from DuPage County?

Of course not.

But that appears to be the case with respect to two drug cases involving a troubled apartment complex in Carol Stream.

Last July, prosecutors charged Malcolm Brown, a 23-year-old black man from the West Side of Chicago, with supplying the heroin that killed 38-year-old Stephen Briston.

Brown allegedly sold the heroin to Richard Brown (no relation). Richard Brown is the person who found the overdose victim. He is also the “confidential informant” who fingered Malcolm Brown, according to sources familiar with this case.

Apparently, in an attempt to save his own hide, Richard Brown ordered up more drugs from his supplier.

When Malcolm Brown arrived at the Holiday Inn to drop off the drugs, police officers arrested him.