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Adams takes Crack Alley initiatives to City Council

by: Christopher Onstott Portland police officers detain a man in Old Town during an April 6 crackdown after Mayor Sam Adams agreed with residents' concern about drug activity in a part of the city known as Crack Alley.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams will ask the City Council Wednesday morning to fund a package of proposals to fight Old Town's drug crime.

The initiatives will cost about $250,000, which will come from the city's contingency fund. They include a deputy district attorney who will prosecute drug crimes, and re-establishment of an Old Town walking beat.

The proposals were part of a plan introduced April 5 when Adams pledged to fight the growing drug problem in Old Town. The next day, the changes became more visible when the Portland Police Bureau set up its mobile precinct unit near the section of Old Town known as Crack Alley.

Police made two arrests and about 30 'subject contacts' during the sweep. They arrested 24 people who had been indicted on drug charges after an earlier police undercover operation in Old Town.