Neighbors Praise Crack-Dealing Grandma
Residents say Buffalo neighborhood has gone downhill since she was busted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:06 AM CDT
Updated Oct 7, 2013 6:44 AM CDT
These homes on Deshler Street in Buffalo, NY are among five houses on the street that were owned by Theresa Anderson and used in her drug trafficking business.    (Carolyn Thompson)

(Newser) – For a dozen years, Theresa Anderson was the queen of Deshler Street. The unassuming 58-year-old owned five small wooden houses along the poor side street, filling them with her children, grandchildren and other relatives who kept their lots tidy, watched out for trouble, and pitched in with the family business. That the family business was selling crack cocaine at all hours of the day and night didn't seem to matter to some of the neighbors, who say their little street on Buffalo's impoverished east side has actually gotten less secure since SWAT teams stormed in and shut down Anderson's drug operation last year.

"I miss Theresa, I really do," says a neighbor who has lived on the street for nine years. When Anderson was in control, "I actually felt safer. Now my place has been broken into." Other neighbors complain that prostitutes and their johns have now invaded the area. Anderson, who is set to be sentenced this week to up to 17 years for conspiracy, agreed to forfeit 10 houses as part of a plea agreement. A city council member says the praise for the grandmother is a "sad commentary" on the district's problems. "It's like the old days of Prohibition when you looked for the mob to keep order on your street," he says. "But it's a false sense of security. She's bringing criminals into the neighborhood." (In other drug dealer news, a trafficker was recently crushed to death by his own marijuana stash.)

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TomMaker
Oct 8, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
And this is how black people think. They glorify drugs and violence. No wonder they live and act like animals....
Kookey90
Oct 7, 2013 10:08 PM CDT
The picture is actually a high school yearbook picture of Theresa Anderson; she obviously had a tough childhood.
NorCalHal
Oct 7, 2013 8:23 PM CDT
This article reminds me of the comment people make after the Taliban or Mafia move out of an area; that the people feel defenseless as the criminals maintained "control" and kept "other" undesirables out. I wonder if the neighbor was upset because they lost their local supplier. he assets the police seize are those purchased with money made in criminal pursuit or used in illegal activities (like vehicles, firearms). The assets are normally sold and whatever proceeds they get go into the enforcement funds. Since this country doesn't support the death penalty for drug dealing I guess making it expensive and unrewarding to the few they catch it's the best we can do.