PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over the past year several Temple and Drexel students have been the victims of violent home invasions near campus. The violence was the price the students had to pay because of their drug dealing ways.
“In the drug trade, where there is competition, there is a propensity for violence.”
Philadelphia Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers says professional drug dealers see student’s dealers as easy prey.
“Obviously, they are not from the neighborhood. They don’t have the propensity for violence. They are in college to go to college.”
So the dealers rob coed drug sellers, pistol-whipping them or worse to send a clear message “get out of my territory.”
Some Temple students say they are not surprised by the violence against student dealers:
“This is a violent place, so this is to be expected.”
“They made the choice to sell drugs, so they knew what they were getting involved in.”
“If you sell drugs, you open yourself up to a lot of danger.”
Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio