Hosts Panel Looking At City-Suburb Drug Trade
September 17, 2005
By KATIE MELONE, Courant Staff Writer
SIMSBURY -- For several years, Cornell Lewis has gone to wealthy
neighborhoods, armed with a bullhorn, lists of suburban drug
suspects and a mission to link middle-class drug buyers with
the drug violence in Hartford.
In West Hartford, Newington, Glastonbury and other towns, Lewis
broadcast the same message: Between 20 percent and 30 percent
of the people who buy drugs in Hartford come from the affluent
communities that ring the city. They buy drugs, then hop in their
cars and return to their suburban havens, leaving violence and
blight behind them.
On Tuesday, Lewis, a Hartford resident and preacher, will continue
his march across the region on a quieter note.
He will host a free, public
discussion about the drug trade and its effects on his home
city. The discussion, an "Urban
Suburban Dialogue," will be held at Boy Scout Hall at Hopmeadow
and West streets at 7 p.m.
"I think it's a great thing," said First Selectman
Tom Vincent. "I look forward to having them come out here.
I look forward to having a productive dialogue."
Residents are encouraged to attend and express their opinions
after a panel presentation.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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