Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

A Brief Glimpse into Another World

From United States v. Hutchinson, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 16776 (10th Cir. July 27, 2009):

Denver's Alpine Rose Motel was something of a "drive-thru" crack market. Customers needed only to pull their cars into the parking lot to receive window-side service from one of the motel's resident drug runners. A runner would take the customer's order, proceed to different motel rooms occupied by crack dealers until he found sufficient quantities to fill the order, and then make the delivery. So-called enforcers helped keep the peace among the motel's residents. Two leaders of the operation replenished the various dealers' drug supply on a daily basis and mediated disputes. A peculiar sort of community spirit evolved, with a Mother's Day "crack scramble" and an Easter egg hunt with rocks of crack substituted for eggs. The business model proved highly successful--some 100 customers visited each day at the height of the motel's crack dealing operation in the summer of 2004.

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