Biggs’ Jailhouse Plea: Don’t Believe The Rap

“I sell weed, and maybe a little coke,” Jameel Wilkes was saying from the penitentiary. But is he New Haven’s number-one Tre Blood? No way, he insisted.

Wilkes—aka “Biggs,” aka “Big Homie,” aka “the highest-ranking gang member in New Haven,” according to federal prosecutor Dave Vatti—wanted to set the record straight.

He might be a large guy. He might go by “Biggs.” He might boast online about big-time gang activity.

But in reality, he claimed over and over again, he’s more like “Smalls” than “Biggs.” At least in the drug trade.

He wanted to communicate that point badly enough that he wasn’t waiting to tell his story to a federal judge or jury.

Biggs is one of the feds’ alleged top catches in “Operation Bloodline,” the historic sweep two weeks ago of 105 indicted alleged Tre Bloods gang-bangers accused of running the city’s deadliest drug-dealing and murder operation. (Read about that here.)

FacebookBiggs—whose approximately 350-pound frame attests to his nickname—swung back at the allegations against him in a wide-ranging phone interview held at the house of his girlfriend in New Haven’s Bishop Woods neighborhood.

He was responding to two Independent articles, one about his appearance in federal court, another about the prolific social-media postings that came to investigators’ attention.

Answering questions via the speaker on his wife’s smartphone Sunday evening, in a call made on a prepaid card (the conversation began with a prerecorded message from the prison), Biggs, who’s 33, admitted selling drugs in New Haven since his early teens living on Fair Haven’s Poplar Street. (Click on the play arrow at the top of the story to hear excerpts from the conversation, illustrated with pictures from Biggs’ social-media postings.)

“Yeah, I mean, I do sell drugs. I tell them to their face. I’ll tell President Obama to his face,” Biggs declared.” I sell weed, and maybe a little bit of coke, not even making a day to day living out of it. I might have some this week, but I might not have any for the next two weeks, who knows?

Biggs insisted he’s never been the big player that prosecutor Vatti alleged when Biggs appeared in court on May 23 following the sweeps. New Haven cops similarly concluded that Biggs ranks high in the organization.

“Look at my charges!” Biggs said. “I haven’t had a felony in nine years! In a city like New Haven, that’s incredible. In a city like New Haven, I deserve a pat on the fucking back.” According to the state judicial website, Biggs got a one-year jail sentence, suspended after 30 days, for a 2007 felony third-degree burglary charge.

The feds and the New Haven cops who conducted “Operation Bloodline” were watching too many rap videos, and believing them, Biggs argued.

“Ever Heard Of 50 Cent?”

Indeed, Biggs and another top defendant, a rapper known as “Wylie Don,” put numerous videos and Facebook postings on the web bragging of criminal activity, and showing the faces of alleged associates, under the banner of the “Klean-Up Krew.” Investigators watched the videos, reviewed the pages, and used them as a starting point to link targets of the probe.

FacebookYou can sample the videos Biggs produces at this YouTube page.

“All right, now, if you listen to any rapper, it´s the same thing. It´s a part of rap music. Rap music is basically art imitating what really goes on in the street,” Biggs argued. “Have you ever heard of 50 Cent? He even talks about his street music. But where does he live at? Farmington, Connecticut, mansion. Cut it out.”

The “money” video for investigators may have been “Addicted To Money.” Biggs and many other young men appear with popular rapper French Montana throughout the video in “Klean Up Krew” T-shirts. Biggs said he developed a relationship with Montana before the rapper hit the big time, and invited him to New Haven for performances.

Montana had “Addicted To Money” shot in the Farnam Courts projects and in the Dwight-Kensington neighborhood, the heart of Tre Bloods territory. In introducing Montana at the start of the video, Biggs also welcomes people to “New Haven, Connecticut. You come out here, you won’t leave, nigga.” He appears later in the video alongside the rapper.

The video—along with other of Biggs’ social-media postings—feature dozens of New Haven teens and young men identified as Klean Up Krew Members.

Biggs offered this take on that video and others in the interview: “What you see in YouTube is we go get a bunch of people from the neighborhood, give us ten dollars, we’ll give you a shirt, and we gotta show this day that day, come out to the show world. That’s really what it is. If you really look at the videos and pause them, we got females wearing our shirts, little kids, we even had some drug addicts that came out. We had dudes from all different gangs. I could point out Crips in our videos, maybe a few Bloods. Whatever! Its not no one particular gang, Klean Up Krew was never that. I’m not saying there might not have been a few Bloods in our video, I’m not saying there wasn’t a few Crips in our video; I’m not saying that. But me, per se, I know what I am. I can’t speak for what anyone else is. So when they call me a leader, to me that’s just this propaganda to get me more time, that’s what I see.”

The government calls the Krew a criminal subset of the Bloods gang. Biggs, who has worked as a music promoter for years in New Haven, calls it a group of rappers. He said three rappers formed it; two went to jail before he joined it.

“The whole New Haven know I’m not in a gang. You know whatta mean? My whole city, I go anywhere I want, I deal with people from every side of town. The sad part is the stereotype of the Dwight-Kensington area, I’m not even from this area. I’ve been from Fair Haven my entire life. Every charge that I’ve had ever since I was a kid has been in Fair Haven. I don’t even have no say-so [in] anything that goes on in the Dwight-Kensington side of town. So they label me as someone from that part of town, number one, that’s just wrong in the first place. You understand what I’m saying? They’re trying to label I guess Klean Up as, how you say, like a Blood set, a Blood faction. But where is this happening, where is the proof?”

Biggs noted that though the government identified him in court as the top dog among 105 indictees, he didn’t get the biggest charges. His indictment charges him with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute narcotics; and possession with intent to sell cocaine base. Biggs pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance.

In addition to watching videos, the government made extensive use of court-authorized wiretaps. Biggs said he isn’t trying to deny dealing actions on which the government has him cold. He said he’s not pretending to be an “angel.”

Rather, he wants to defend himself in the court of public opinion against the portrayal of him in court.

“They murdered me,” he said. “They made me look like the worst person in the fucking United States. I mean, I was shocked.

“You can’t just be a person from one side of town and just go to a whole other side of town and be the biggest, baddest motherfucker on this side of town. If they wanted to label me something like this in Fair Haven, I would be more willing to accept it. You are trying to make it seem like I control what goes on over there? Oh my god, man, I would have been in jail a long time ago.” 

In the interview, though, he reserved his anger for New Haven cops, whose intelligence work launched the investigation, not for the feds.

“I don’t even blame the feds for all of this. I don’t,” Biggs maintained. “I blame the New Haven police. Because the feds come, like, ‘What are you guys doing, you let your city fall to shambles? And they come in, and all you do is give them a bunch of photos, and then that’s what we got, the feds taking all these people off the streets because the New Haven police told them so. At the end of the day it’s really sad, that then you gonna come put me as a ringleader. How? Where? A gang member! You go to my Facebook, for years I’ve been telling people, ‘I am not a gang member.’ If you know anything about being in a gang, you can’t just be denying being in a gang once you’re in it just for nothing. I’ve been denying it every 30 days just because I don’t want people to think that I am in a gang. You can go back as far as my Facebook will let you go and I say it: ‘I don’t have a problem with gangs, I’m just not in one.’”

Block H At Wyatt

Gang member or not, Biggs said he is locked up in what he called the “gang wing,” H Block of the federal Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I. An employee of the facility Tuesday confirmed that Biggs is indeed locked up there.

He doesn’t have access to the Internet, he said, so he can’t post on Facebook or Twitter. Someone posted a death threat on his Twitter account after his arrest, on May 29.  It read: “wish you and that nigga Die slow like rats should! new haven to small real niggas will be HOME soon.” Biggs said he couldn’t have done that from jail.

A New Haven defense attorney who has represented defendants in federal drug sweeps—including the previous largest round-up, of the Newhallville-based R2 gang—echoed some of Biggs’ take.

The attorney, Diane Polan, argued that the feds magnify petty drug-dealing offenders into big players, using a combination of wiretapped phone conversations and draconian war-on-drugs federal guidelines. Polan does not represent any of the Operation Bloodline defendants. She said she has no knowledge of Biggs’ case in particular.

“If they have you have on a wiretap buying three eight balls, they charge you with conspiracy,” Polan said. “Under federal law you can be held responsible for what everybody in the case is doing. Under federal sentencing guidelines, your prior record is the main driver of how much time you do. They double the mandatory minimums, and you’re cooked.”

So facilities like Wyatt get jammed with low-level offenders (“I have a client trying to fight a wiretap case up there; he can’t even get a [private meeting] room for a week because there are so many people on wiretap evidence”) while other dealers quickly take their places on the street, Polan argued. Wyatt is a private facility kept alive with government contracts.

“It’s just heart-breaking what’s happening to these young people. Yes, they’ve done something wrong. They don’t deserve to go to federal prison for years,” Polan said. “It makes no dent on the street because they’re not dealing with the underlying issue of drug addiction. What’s fueling this issue is people addicted to crack. Urban people. Suburban people. Nobody’s dealing with that. You can’t get a treatment bed for people. This sweep is going to make no difference on the street until they start dealing with drug education, lack of employment, profits to be made on drug dealing.”

The critics are missing the point, responded one veteran of New Haven drug investigations. Local cops are not fighting a War on Drugs, he said. Rather, they’re pursuing the “broken windows” theory of policing and neighborhood stability: catching small problems before they get bigger and using whatever tools they have to restore order amid violence.

“I agree with the larger issue” about the need to address drug addiction, he said. Meanwhile, gangs are terrorizing neighborhoods, and people are getting killed. A lot of that violence stems from gang-connected drug dealing, he argued.

“People have been living with these guys on the stoops selling drugs, committing shootings. ... If you have a bunch of guys who are acting like a gang and selling drugs, should that be ignored? That will become something bigger.  They create fear. When they walk around with their Blood paraphernalia and Klean-Up Krew shirts and guns in their waistbands, they create fear. People shouldn’t have to live in that environment. It’s easy to say, ‘Don’t fault me for selling a little drugs.’ It’s bigger than that.”

He also contested the idea that new dealers will simply replace the 105 people “Operation Bloodline” removed from Dwight-Kensington and Fair Haven.

“That’s an easy thing to say: ‘When they pull out Jameel Wilkes, there are two or three people to take his spot.’ That’s just not true. They haven’t made the connections over the years to do that. They don’t occupy the neighborhoods the same way.’ When you’ve got Klean-Up Krew, they essentially occupy the Tre almost as if they’re a standing army. There’s not enough people to replenish that. You pull 105 people out of an area, to think there’s another 105 people waiting to take over, it’s just not true. New Haven’s only so big.”

FacebookBiggs, meanwhile, said he’d rather be back in New Haven. He’d rather be back home with his girlfriend, who works in a medical office and is raising three children. (He’s not the father.) The two-story home on a middle-class street—one of two locations where Biggs was known to lay his head, and one of two locations the feds raided looking for him in last month’s sweeps—was immaculate Sunday evening when Biggs called. The children were upstairs while the conversation took place in the downstairs living room. In the kitchen, an array of photos showing Biggs with his girlfriend hung on the refrigerator door.

He was asked if he regrets having spent close to two decades dealing drugs.

“I regret the entire way I came up,” he replied. “It got to the point where it felt, like, ‘This is all we got.’ Right now, my later years, I can sit in the house, I got my girl to take care of me. Right now, I might go out make a little money [selling drugs] to pay for what I have to pay for, but I’ll be back home playing X-box every night.” He said he he loves X-box.

Nicolás Medina Mora Pérez contributed to this story, including editing the video.

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posted by: blackbeauty38 on June 5, 2012  4:31pm

EXCELLENT interview, i’m so proud of Biggs trying to clear his name, i am a supporter of Klean Up from day one and what they were trying to do and that was reached success in the RAP GAME.He(Biggs)couldn’t explain it any plainer how the NHPD play games with lives.I for one being form the streets understand how hard it is for young black males trying to get out… especially in New Haven cause i too have a 19yrs old i try to keep out of harms way(police and the streets). Keep on Keeping on BIGGS WE know the truth! STAND STRONG

posted by: robn on June 5, 2012  5:53pm

I’m just an innocent olive oil importer.

posted by: FrontStreet on June 5, 2012  8:12pm

Mr. Wilkes seems extraordinarily manipulative and so easy to see how he was able to rise so high in the New Haven drug trade.  A Shakespearean character with an amazing ability to weave false fabrics into a viable reality as he tries to pit the various forces aligned against him against one another.

posted by: Dean Moriarty on June 5, 2012  11:46pm

“I haven’t had a felony in nine years!”

Wow, that’s exemplary. Wait, come to think of it, I myself haven’t had a felony in 60 years. Can I get a ribbon or something?

posted by: Jones Gore on June 6, 2012  2:43am

Wow…no shame.

posted by: Miss E on June 6, 2012  8:20am

@frontstreet: I do not know this person, his family or friends. What i do know is that he has NOT been found guilty of anything besides being articulate and a big guy. Part of the problem in society today is convicting people of things in the media and the minds of the community at large. There is a reason we have a justice system be it good or not so good. Please stop. If he is what law enforcement claims he is, it will come out, but it should be done in a courtroom, not an online news article.

posted by: blackbeauty38 on June 6, 2012  8:56am


posted by: AyJoe on June 6, 2012  9:13am

I personally despise the prison industrial complex, the racist legal system, police, and courts.  I agree with some of what this dude says.

But I also know personally that one wouldn’t be able to afford that watch and chain hes got flipping an ounce of weed or an 8 ball of coke. 

barely make any money selling a bit of weed or coke.

posted by: Jones Gore on June 6, 2012  9:15am

@Miss E, people have a right to comment on public matters. However this man who you say is being judged because he is articulate and big has articulated very well that he sold drugs which is one of the charges against him.

In case you did not know those are crimes and the reasons the black community is in chaos.

posted by: Miss E on June 6, 2012  9:35am

@Jones- You are absolutely right, and I would never suggest otherwise, however, I was merely suggesting that this person not be tried, judged and convicted here in this type of public forum. Judgementality is part of what has our society so jacked up now. My point is, yes, he admits he has sold drugs, and yes, I am aware it is crime and yes, he should be held accountable for this.. however lets not judge his character by some mistakes he has made and let not THIS be his courtroom. And @Ayejo- do you know for sure that that jewelery came from proceeds of drugs? I don’t. And refuse to allow the fact that he has what ‘seems’ to be some expensive jewelry, try and convict this person as some hard core drug dealer. I didn’t want to start a debate, just merely would like people to have complete facts before judging someone.

posted by: HhE on June 6, 2012  9:47am

If you dress like a gangster, talk like a gangster, and act like a gangster, people just might think you are a gangster.  Remember Cricket?

He readily admits to dealing weed regularly, and coke on occasion.  That would make him a drug dealer.

One of the surest signs a person is a psychopath, is they keep lying, even after the gig is up. 

Maybe he is not a major dealer/player.  I certainly believe in innocent until proven guilty, but I also find myself rolling my eyes when I read all the posts about how he is totally innocent.

posted by: Jones Gore on June 6, 2012  9:50am

I’m a black man, and I’m reading what amounts to be nothing but whining and placing the blame on the New Haven Police for at least trying to do something about a problem the black community has tuned a blind eye too and as a result has lost thousands of lives since black on black violence started in this city in mid 80’s.

I would love for anyone defending this man to give him a hug after selling their child or relative cocaine.

Believe me I would love for Wilkes to be out of jail and doing some thing productive, but when you choose to associate with people of questionable character and participate as he has admitted in criminal activity can you expect anything else than what has happen?

posted by: Miss E on June 6, 2012  10:07am

For the people who are taking my comments the wrong way: By NO means am I defending this person. I am simply saying “lets not try him in the court of public OPINION’.

posted by: blackbeauty38 on June 6, 2012  10:28am

@AyJoe, he was getting paid form the show KLEAN UP did including a show in Hartford with Ludacris! These boys did LOTS of shows!

posted by: RosetteWave on June 6, 2012  11:13am

I believe many people don’t understand simply because they can NOT relate. You truly wouldn’t know what it takes to live in New Haven if you haven’t grew up here. The lack of employment takes a huge effect against urban neighborhoods. There is less help getting jobs so people hustle anyway possible to be able to survive. So instead of all the negativity about selling drugs and the “street life ” people shouldn’t judge anyone. Life isn’t easy and yes illegal activities aren’t good but instead of criticizing us New Haven folks how about people help out and stand up for us. help us get jobs so we wouldn’t have to hustle or rob each other or whatever people do to survive. I don’t believe “Biggs” should get buried in jail. Neither should anyone else caught in raids. Selling drugs is NOT the main reason people are dying is the system keeping people from progressing and doing something more recreational.

posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on June 6, 2012  12:52pm

I couldn’t care less about the drug dealing. If we ever want to effectively address the issue of drugs it will come from treatment, reducing demand, and providing alternative employment opportunities, not from mass lock-ups of non-violent offenders. Both the current and previous President of the United States did cocaine when they were younger. I think people should stop being to naive about how pervasive drugs are in our society, how many of their friends have tried drugs, and how many of their kids use drugs because its those people that are creating a demand for people like Jameel, who in reality probably makes more money from rap music than he does selling drugs.
What I care about is the violence. Get the people off the street that are committing murder and assault.

posted by: Dre on June 6, 2012  2:16pm

@RosetteWave I was born and raised in New Haven and I am a 22 year old African American male. I went to college, bought a house, and make 46k a year. It doesn’tmatter where you came from only what your plans for the future are. I try to help these kids see that education is important and they are so lazy they rather take the easy way out. That is is the problem to many lazy people! Don’t blame the city for others failures!

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on June 7, 2012  9:01am

” help us get jobs so we wouldn’t have to hustle or rob each other or whatever people do to survive”

The amount of “help” already offered in New Haven is substantial.  Every teacher I know in NHPS is trying to help every day.  Kids choose to sell drugs because it is easier, and provides them more respect than working at footlocker.  They do so at the expense of their studies, thier health and their future for a quick buck. They choose to sling rather than read, or study.  And in my limitted experience for every kid who “has” to do these things to survive there are 5 who choose to because it is easier than math class.

I don’t know this Biggs, but I have known many articulate, intelligent young men who did not take their time in school seriously. Few of them made it to college or the workforce, in spite of huge amounts of time and resources (private and public) being given to them. 

Go back to Cross or Hillhouse (assuming Biggs went to school here) and you will find many people who tried to help him, and others like him.

I have no sympathy for an admitted drug dealer, and I have even less for a community that looks on a predator as a victim.

posted by: blackbeauty38 on June 7, 2012  9:25am

@TEACHER, how do you know he doesn’t have an education?His admittance was to the LITTLE amount not enough to call in a Kingpin for that matter. They’re(FEDS) is trying to hang him on false accusations!

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on June 7, 2012  10:24am


I do not know whether or not he has an education, nor did I claim to.

When I refer to the teachers who tried to help him, I am only speculating about the fact that a lot of resources went into giving him an opportunity to be something other than a predator. 

I also don’t know whether or not he is a kingpin.  That is for the courts to decide (though I am not sure they can do so fairly).  I am certain however that he admits to being a drug dealer.  Setting aside the marijuana, which may or may not represent a serious social ill, he admits to selling cocaine.  Cocaine is extremely addictive, and the effects of its sale and use on the community are terrifying. 

Thus when someone sells cocaine (whether or not they are a drug kingpin) they are preying on the misery of their community.  That person is a predator and deserves neither the support or the protection of the community.

posted by: Curious on June 7, 2012  10:50am

Does anyone have an email address for Chief Esserman?

posted by: random on June 7, 2012  11:02am

What the Black community has turned a blind eye to is the 41 year old war on drugs that destroyed many lives, devastated more communities and orphaned millions of children yet hasn’t even begun to adequately address drug addiction, law enforcement corruption, high unemployment and hopeless, uneducated and misguided young people. Yes Oprah made it, Bill Cosby and even some of you who think you’ve arrived yet you don’t reflect the lives of many in New Haven. It’s quite easy to build a case of kingpen when you have unscrupulous people leading the way. Put aside your self righteousness for a moment and educate yourself. Google stories of corruption and law enforcment in this war on drugs. Begin with New York admitting false drug arrest to meet quotas.Think it only happens in New York? As long as the defendants don’t look like the status quo it’s fair game. Corruption is a way of life in this war and drug raids are a great distraction so noone pays attention to the influx of guns into the hands of our children. Talk about someone being naive.

posted by: Jones Gore on June 7, 2012  11:27am

@Rosettewave it isn’t that tough living in New Haven. It is all about the choices you make.

I always had a job living in New Haven; I even made the choice to work in NYC to increase my experience in a field I chose after working in social services for 15 years.

I know plenty of young men including relatives of mine who chose to sell drugs instead of graduate and do anything this world has to offer. Opportunity is in abundant but black men just have to build the courage to leave the comforts of their mother’s arms and challenge themselves.

New Haven is an education town;  black people just have to take advantage of this opportunity and stop crying. People from South America and Mexico are surpassing black people in this area because they have a sense of fear nor do they feel sorry for themselves. They are risking their lives to obtain what this country has to offer. Why don’t we black people give that a try for once as our ancestors did once they became free men and women.

And I’ll leave you with a verse from the Qur’an:

“Man can only have that which he strives for and soon will the fruits of this striving come into sight.”

This is a promise and a warning. A Promise that you can obtain all the good you strive for and a warning that you will reap of fruit of the evil seeds you sow.

As-salamu alaikum

posted by: blackbeauty38 on June 7, 2012  12:36pm

@Curious, you can always CALL down to the NHPD to get Esserman’s information

posted by: random on June 8, 2012  9:18am

It appears there are quite a few “predators” in our community. MD’s sell more drugs than any kingpen yet protected by their degree and the pharmaceutical’s multi billion dollar industry. In addition there are offciers who also fit that criteria. Check this out. one of so many. Check out google and educate yurself. You are either very naive or you choose to turn a blind eye to the predators among us. See below: There are so many stories.

We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on June 8, 2012  10:36am


I agree that drug dealers are not the only predators in our community, but as this article was focused on one drug dealer in particular I limited the scope of my comments to drug dealers.

That said, my agreement does not extend beyond your initial statement.

Physicians, for the most part, do not sell drugs.  They prescribe drugs that have been exhaustively studied after weighing the risks and benefits to each individual patient.  I see no evidence here that suggests that Mr. Wilkes adheres to the same standard when selling his cocaine. 

There are certainly many examples we could cite of bad prescription practices and bad research practices, but they represent a small minority of all practicing physicians. 

As for corrupt police, certainly they could be considered predators as well.  Though the article cited above relates to police practices in NYC rather than New Haven, and thus must be taken with a grain of salt. 

In this case however, Mr. Wilkes admits openly to being a drug dealer.  Whether or not he is a kingpin, he is a dealer.  I have no idea whether or not he is a kingpin, and admit the possibility that he might not be.  That does not change the fact that he is a predator, nor does it eliminate the possibility that there are other predators in our community.

posted by: random on June 8, 2012  12:48pm

Thank you New Haven teacher for your acknowledgment that there are quite a few “predators” in our community.Let’s not focus on one type. NYC is an example of the many police departments who have predatory practices. You can google the stories that came out of NH finest if NYC seems like an anomoly to you. NH officers were also convicted and served time for planting drugs. It’s exactly why I asked you to google.Many stories across America. Education is power.The only difference in what goes on in NYC and what goes on in NH is that NH is much smaller.  Docs don’t sell drugs? symantics. Rephrase:They KNOWINGLY write prescriptions for addicts to then purchase the drugs they crave. Well known fact across he country.Periodically a crackdown will occur.  By the way this story was about Mr Bigg admitting he sold drugs but that he shouldn’t be in a federal prison indicted as a gang leader or drug kingpen. Certainly questionable. He never claimed to be innocent. At least I didn’t read that.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on June 8, 2012  1:46pm


This article is about one type of predator.  In fact it is about one predator in particular. 

As for whether or not he is a kingpin, I see nothing in this article, or previous articles on the subject that leads me to believe I should take Mr. Wilkes’ word over that of the police.  Could the police be corrupt?  Absolutely.  Could Mr. Wilkes be lying? Absolutely.  Am I losing sleep over the fact that an admitted drug dealer and felon might be sitting in the wrong jail?  No.

I am also concerned about the false equivalence that you draw between doctors and cocaine dealers.  Your claims about doctors would only provide a meaningful comparison if in fact all doctors knowingly prescribed drugs to addicts and all their patients were addicts. If however (as is the case) the vast majority of doctors don’t engage in such behavior, and most patients aren’t addicts, then they can’t readily be compared to cocaine dealers. 

Drugs and their violent trade are a plague on our society and our community, and any time we muddy that fact up with comparisons to legal professions whose purpose is to make our lives safer and healthier, we give cover to the predators in our midst.

posted by: robn on June 8, 2012  3:13pm


If you’re referring to the Billy White case, I believe that he and his cohorts were convicted of theft and bribery; not planting or selling drugs. Not sayin what they did was right, just sayin.

posted by: random on June 8, 2012  6:43pm

A man who was framed by corrupt New Haven cops has filed suit against the police department, arguing that the blame extends higher up the chain.
Norval Falconer (pictured) spent four weeks in jail on narcotics charges after two city detectives planted drugs in his Truman Street apartment. The former detectives, Jose Silva and Justen Kasperzyk, were sent to jail on corruption charges, as was their supervisor, former Lt. Billy White.
Falconer filed a $10 million civil rights lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in New Haven. The suit names Silva, Kasperzyk and White as well former Police Chief Francisco Ortiz and the City of New Haven.

The suit contends that Ortiz and the city “created a custom of acceptance” of the narcotics unit’s “constitutionally offensive pattern of conduct,” thus allowing for Falconer’s false arrest.
“The pattern of abuses in the Narcotics Unit was widespread, blatant and of long standing,” charged Diane Polan, Falconer’s attorney in a press statement. “This corruption went beyond Billy White and his crew.”
Polan charged that the department ran on a “‘hang ‘em high’ atmosphere of making narcotics arrests at any cost, regardless of their legality.”