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White in the Middle of Richmond

I live in Berkeley, which is in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Although I could score on the street in Berkeley, for various reasons I do all of my business in Richmond which is a couple of cities north of Berkeley.

Berkeley White, Richmond Black

Berkeley is mostly a white city and I'm a white guy. Richmond (at least the parts of it that I visit), on the other hand, is almost completely black. Those people who aren't black are Mexican. If you see a white person in the neighborhood I score in, you can bet that he's there scoring drugs.

The drug hierarchy is racially divided. The Mexicans bring the heroin into the neighborhood. But the thing is, they won't deal with whites at all. I don't know if this is because of fear about police or some understanding with the blacks or what. That's just the way things are.

If you're white and you want to score heroin, you have to buy from the blacks. So the chain goes from Mexicans to blacks to whites. Even with this supply chain though, the cost is low and the quality is high. This is the main reason I go to Richmond to score rather than scoring in Berkeley.

Drug Treatment: The Ultimate Drug Source

You may wonder how I discovered Richmond given that it isn't an area I would normally go to. It all came about because of some people I met when I was in a methadone detox program. Needless to say, the detox didn't take--but I got better heroin connections.

Editor's Note: A reader responded with his own experience in the article:; Guilty of Not Being Black.

by Clarence W.
© 2001
Last Modified: 21 Jul 10


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