Ohio Police: Cocaine Crackdown Spurs Violence

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati police say a crackdown on the cocaine trade is contributing to recent violence.

Lt. Col. James Whalen says the amount of crack cocaine available on the streets is dwindling. That's good news for police who are trying to eradicate the illicit business. But it's leaving drug dealers and buyers in an increasingly violent competition for the short supply.

Cincinnati police and agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration have locked up several major dealers in the past 18 months, hoping to disrupt the supply chain.

Police say the price of cocaine has tripled, and increased tension between buyers and sellers has led to shootings and murders this week.

They say a Tuesday killing in the Corryville neighborhood involved a disagreement over a drug sale.