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Man gets 5 years for heroin trafficking

Published: Fri, May 15, 2009 @ 5:52 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A city man convicted of distributing heroin throughout the local area will spend the next five years behind bars — an amount of time that did not make the judge happy.

A seemingly emotional Hasson “Haus” Floyd, 29, of Manhattan Avenue appeared before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Scott Krichbaum early Friday asking the court to show leniency in his sentencing for trafficking in heroin and participating in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Floyd originally faced up to 24 years in prison, but reached a plea agreement where he would face no more than eight years in prison upon pleading guilty to the charges.

For details see Saturday's Vindicator.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Five years is by far too lenient. Heroin has caused death and ruined many lives in the Valley.

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2boboberg(2 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Heroin should be legal. Mexico just legalized possession of small amounts of all drugs. Switzerland just legalized heroin. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court, but in practice they are just not arresting people. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

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3njtogl(8 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Boboberg, Are you kidding me? Legalize Heroin? It's a very addictive drug that has ruined many lives. Junkies will do any thing to get their next fix. It's the traffickers that need to be put in jail and in Mahoning Co we need better rehab for those that are addicted.

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4slinger(3 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Explain, in what way, that heroin is more harmful, or has caused more ruined lives than alcohol. I'll answer for you, you don't get holes in your arm from booze, but then again you don't get a beer gut from smack.

We will never stop drugs or drug users.

We are spending billions and billions incarcerating individuals who are using substances that are, in most cases, no more, or even less harmful than a substance that the government taxes. It's ludicrous.

The only detriment associated with drugs and not paralleled in alcohol are the shootings and killings among the illegal purveyors and the ridiculous incarceration of users. There was a time when the exact same things were happening because of prohibition.

It is time and anyone who says it isn't is an idiot.

I would have more respect for lawmakers who would call for ALL intoxicating substances to be banned. We would at least know which of our elected officials were insane as opposed to stupid.

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5E328(15 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Last time I checked, there were responsible ways to consume alcohol. Please explain to me how one can responsibly use heroin.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Yeah the culture has it's defenders. Soon we will see crackheads, horse addicts and pushers united in decrimilizing robberies if they are used as a source of funding to buy drugs.

VIVA LA CULTURA ! Or as they say, "down the drain with no brain" !

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7slinger(3 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Really, the semantics of how a drug is ingested is germane?

My best friend in the 101st Airborne Division was medevaced from Nam because he smoked the crap.

So you think cause crack is smoked it's ok??

Stan, taking what is not yours is always wrong.
Do you drink?

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8CassAnn(252 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

boboberg- that is one of the stupidest statements I have heard lately. Alcoholics and cigarette smokers generally do not rob their families and neighbors blind for their next fix or kill people- addicts of hardcore drugs DO. If you legalized those types of drugs here you might as well set everything you own out on the front lawn with a sign that says "Steal me" and hand all the sober people guns. Have you ever had face to face contact with a crackhead? You are dealing with a brain dead zombie who's lights are on, but nobody is HOME!

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9E328(15 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Slinger, you somehow misunderstood what I said, and somehow I think that you are the only one who did not get the point. I didn't say anything about how they are ingested. The fact is that alcohol is consumed. It isn't smoked, snorted or shot up. Alcohol is something that can be ingested in a responsible manner, consumed in a responsible manner, or used in a responsible manner. So, I will ask again...explain how one uses heroin responsibly.

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10slinger(3 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

People use, "consume", "ingest" alcohol, heroin, pot, crack or whatever to GET HIGH! Why is the alcohol "high" more responsible than any of the others?

Many less traffic deaths attributed to the others. Many less spouse beatings attributed to the others...

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

"Stan, taking what is not yours is always wrong.
Do you drink?"

A drug addict sees nothing wrong in stealing or killing. Drug addiction opens a world of possibilities to them that others wouldn't even dream of. You could say that they have expanded their horizons.

No, I don't drink,smoke or do drugs. It's my choice.

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12smte4pears(18 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

If heroin were to be legalized, the money used to "fight" the illegal drug could be used to create a legal education and treatment system for it. Of course you'll have people who abuse drugs as there are alcoholics, but there is widespread treatment to treat alcohol alnd cigarette addictions.

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13AtownParent(565 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

And those same places treat drug addiction. Heroin is a drug that destroys. While alcohol does destroy, I am with E328, it can be consumed responsibly. There are always going to be addicts, but do we need to have drugs like heroin, crack, coke, readily available to all who want it, to our children?

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14AtownParent(565 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

And yours does? Would you like heroin available to your child? Isn't it hard enough to fight peer pressure for smoking and drinking, you really want to add in heroin, crack and coke?

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15Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Responsible drug addicts like a resposible alcoholics are responsible for a multitude of problems in society. Perhaps we should legalize everything that they are responsible for ? We could then save by not having the expense of incarcerating them. Right?

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16AtownParent(565 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Grow up?! All that pot you were happy with truly screwed up your brain cells.

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17yix2k(20 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

You're right, boboberg. Prohibition failed. The war on drugs is a total failure. There's still money in funding anti-drug programs though, and since anti-drug programs are generally based on scare tactics, they're not going away anytime soon.
Fact of the matter is, who gets or killed along the way of getting illicit substances from the plantation to the crackhead's doorstep is in direct proportion to the amount of laws being broken between point A and point B. Less laws, less people hurt or killed. How do I know this? Alcoholics generally don't shoot convenience store owners for a fix, and there are no alcohol cartels hosing down groups of citizens with semi-automatic weapons for getting in the way of business practices.
allstar720, alcoholics aren't the only ones beating their wives. The correlation between men who beat their wives and men who drink is sketchy, at best. Google it if you don't believe me. While drinking and spousal abuse may go hand in hand in some cases, it is NEVER the only factor. It is very possible that there is a 'type' of person who is interested in not only beating their wife, but excessive drinking as well. Your implication is that alcohol is a cause of spousal abuse. It's not. It's an excuse for it.
Alcoholics are not the only dangerous thing behind the wheel of an automobile, either. While they've got a corner on the market, 41% of all traffic fatalities in 2006 I think, there is still a whopping 59% of people who were just plain oblivious to imminent death. Sure, alcohol slows your reaction time - what's the excuse for the other half of the population?
Heroin is not a drug that destroys. In and of itself, heroin is nothing more than one of many substances on the face of this earth that just happens to have narcotic qualities. Heroin addicts destroy their own lives. They're *not* victims, any more than someone who points a loaded gun at their head and pulls the trigger.

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Where do you buy your drugs now ?

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19Laurieljc(63 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

The fact of the matter is that there will always be a black market for EVERYTHING and there will always be people who can not afford to buy what is legal, including drugs if we legalize them. So, there will still be violent crime associated with drugs-from those who need to steal it because they can't afford it and the other typical violent crimes that are associated with drug addicts. It's crazy to assume that there will be no more of the crime that is associated with drugs if we leagalize it.

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20andersonathan(683 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

At least some people are thinking straight. I don't see any reason to legalize it, whatever it is. I still want to see the day that SS and welfare recipients are drug tested with loss of benefits as the punishment. If you don't have a prescription for it it is illegal. And if you want to legalize pot for the taxes, come up with a way to enforce under the influence on the highway and at work.

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