My predominant reaction to this opinion was one of nostalgia. Busted for possessing heroin. It seems so '70s.
Sure, the stuff is (sadly) making a comeback. Among the yuppie crowd, apparently. Or whatever they're called these days. Hipsters, I think. (Or is that so '00s?)
Plus, it's not like Humberto Quinones was out slinging the stuff in the modern era. He was busted back in 1996. It's just that after twenty-plus years in prison, he'd like to get out. Sentenced as a three-striker to 75 years in prison, he'd like relief under Proposition 36.
No dice. He had a loaded gun in his waistband at the time. That keeps you in prison forever.
Which means that Quinones fades into history. Like so many other memories.