Street Smart: Drug dealers turn on to beepers

Drug dealers turn on to beepers

; When Detroit police raided an East Side drug den last week, they came away with nine rocks of cocaine and one telephone beeper. In two earlier police raids the haul included 89 captured rocks of cocaine, eleven packs of heroin, a dinner plate used for dope cutting -- and three beepers. Such inventories highlight a trend that authorities are noticing around the country: the telephone beeper or pager, long used as a stay-in-touch device by doctors, plumbers and electricians, is now the gadget of choice for the dope industry as well. "Beepers," says Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Curtis Hazell,...

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