Priest Charges Business Sells Drug Kits
Father Pfleger Led Activists Into Woodlawn Business
(CBS) CHICAGO Community activists and police stormed a South Side business Tuesday, busting it for allegedly selling illegal drug kits.
Saying enough is enough, outspoken community activist Father Pfleger led a small army of activists into a Woodlawn business.
As CBS 2's Mike Parker reports, the group demanded the store owner clean up his act.
It is a kit for smoking crack. It’s called a "hookup" and according to South Side priest Michael Pfleger, kits like that were being sold for $2 inside a Woodlawn neighborhood convenience store.
"You recognize this sir? You sell these here. We bought these twice in the last week," Pfleger said.
On Tuesday, Pfleger and 40 supporters went into the store and challenged the man behind the counter.
"Now you either empty them out or we're shutting down your store right now. Sir, when the police get here we're going to press charges. You can either work with us or you can go to jail. You make up your mind," Pfleger said.
Chicago police came to the store and quickly arrested the clerk on misdemeanor charges based on Pfleger's complaint. Although police say they found no evidence themselves, the clerk was led away in handcuffs.
There was praise for Pfleger's action.
"He does a beautiful job in the community. He fights for everybody," said resident Louis Kenniel.
"This is about protecting our children and providing a quality of life in the neighborhoods," said State Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-16).
But others in the crowd outside jeered what was going on.
"We'll always have hecklers that say leave them alone, they're all right. This stuff is killing our kids," Pfleger said.
Pfleger says the state drug paraphernalia law, with its misdemeanor charges, is not tough enough. He wants a new city ordinance that would close down businesses that peddle the items.