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City Barricades Streets to Stop Drug Selling


June 1993

The city of Bridgeport, Conn. is using concrete barricades in a desperate effort to stop drug dealers, sellers, and the accompanying gunfire that plagues the city's East End (No Byline, "To Stop Drug Sales, Bridgeport Barricades Its Streets," New York Times, 5/18/93, B5).

Officials have placed concrete barriers at 40 intersections, creating a maze of dead-end streets they hope will discourage buyers who want to slip away quickly after making a purchase. Police say such an approach has never before been tried on such a large scale anywhere in the United States.