Vice Squad
Monday, May 10, 2004
Searching for a Needle in a Haystack

Q: How many cops does it take to track down cars with secret compartments in a city of three million people?

A: Seven.

That's right, the Chicago Police Department has assigned a seven-person team to patrol the city looking for cars with secret compartments that stash drugs and guns. A Sun Times article claims that "the team has confiscated $8.1 million in cash, $62 million in cocaine, $34 million worth of marijuana, 23 handguns and three assault weapons." The team has also seized more than 100 vehicles pursuant to the unconstitutional asset forfeiture laws. No mention of where these statistics come from, but like all police programs, no matter what common sense tells you, the police will tell you that this policy has been an overwhelming success.

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