I recently wrote a blog about Cameron Douglas who now because of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and their hype has caused the media to see Cameron as a major drug dealer. I believe Douglas is a small time player who dealt meth because of his drug habit. If all goes as planned by the DEA Cameron will be facing multiple counts that will give him at least a mandatory life sentence under federal guidelines if convicted. The Associated Press just released information that a major drug kingpin Diego "Don Diego" Montoya, reputed boss of Colombia's notorious North Valley cocaine cartel who was once on the FBI's most wanted list, is set to plead guilty next week to U.S. drug charges. Montoya's attorney, William Clay, confirmed that his client will submit "guilty pleas to certain charges" but declined to elaborate. The extradition treaty between the U.S. and Colombia prohibits any life sentence from being imposed on Montoya, 58.
So, in reality we have Cameron Douglas a known drug addict who is facing a life sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines and a real drug kingpin who has caused death and destruction facing a lesser sentence. Colombian authorities blamed Diego Montoya for some 1,500 killings in his career as a drug trafficker. It sounds crazy but it might happen!
Is this fair? I think not. What do you think?
Should a non-violent drug offender get life in prison while a notorious drug kingpin does not?
Because of the war on drugs, which mandates mandatory minimum sentencing, average drug offenders are routinely elevated to kingpin status and condemned to serve out long prison sentences that should be reserved only for actual drug kingpins, not individuals that are fabricated to that level. It's time to end these draconian laws and implement a sentencing structure that promotes fairness and justice.
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