"The effect we will see here street level is that powdered cocaine will be selling at a higher level, a higher price,” said Newark Police Chief Richard Bogan.
Bogan is also commander of WayneNet,
"There was a huge availability of crack cocaine around here,” Bogan said.
But the task force's most recent bust just this month was mainly marijuana.
"We were somewhat surprised to see less trafficking and less availability of cocaine at that time,” said Bogan.
It shouldn't be a surprise according to the nation's drug czar who says there is an unprecedented decline in cocaine availability in the
The shortage of cocaine does not mean an easier job for authorities here in
"Unfortunately we look at the potential as we saw several years ago that the crack cocaine users will replace and try to satisfy their needs with a replacement drug such as heroin,” Bogan said.