The night before the Riverfront Ramble, I had a conversation with Mayor John Linder at the Mayor’s Ramble Reception and we got on the topic of murder in the city. In no uncertain terms, he told me to look out for a huge arrest coming soon. He assured me that a lot of ‘bad guys’ would be taken off the streets.
‘More than 30 arrested in Chester as cops break up East End drug ring’ is the headline from yesterday’s delcotimes.com.
Wow! It really happened.
The investigation was conducted by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Attorney’s Office, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police and the Chester Police Department.
The article listed all the names of those arrested and I doubt if there are any of us from around these parts who don’t know at least a couple of them. For some you say, ‘About Time’. For others you say, ‘Not You’. And for others you say, ‘Not You Again’.
“The people in the City of Chester have expressed frustration, they’ve expressed concern, they’ve expressed outrage over the fact that people are dealing drugs, and the violence that is in the City of Chester,”...
Chester people may have expressed frustration, but they sure haven’t expressed any signs of relief or celebration. Chester has a huge Facebook presence and I was expecting to see Kudos going out to the law for taking down this gang. Maybe I’m not Friends with the right crew, but I don’t see a single post from any of my 800 Friends.
Maybe the arrests are so close to home for many folks that the perceived benefit to getting these guys off the street is offset by the emotions of seeing them go away for a while.
All I’ll say is that Mayor Linder wasn’t playing when he said ‘It’s going down, soon.” Great job Mayor!