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November 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

SPD: Prosecution for some ID drug dealers, help for others

As a result of an alternative law-enforcement initiative in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, two low-level drug dealers will get counseling, housing and treatment after agreeing to stop selling drugs, police said.

Ten others, who apparently are not hot on the idea of cleaning up their act, will face prosecution.

The alternative program, called a Drug Market Initiative (DMI), is aimed at getting low-risk, petty dealers out of the cycle of street selling and short jail stints and into permanent recovery and stability. Seattle’s efforts at the more holistic law-enforcement option is based on successful programs in other cities, according to police.

Seattle police, in a news release, said today that those in the International District asked them to “take back city streets and parks from low-level drug dealers and their customers, but challenged police to do so without simply making arrests.”

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