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A recent ruling by a California appeals court has prevented San Francisco from implementing a ban on four individuals believed to be involved in drug dealing activities in the notorious Tenderloin district, Your Content has learned.
The neighborhood, spanning 50 square blocks, has long been plagued by high crime rates and rampant drug use.
Last year, the city attempted to enforce a ban on 28 suspected drug dealers from operating within the area.
However, a judge deemed that such a ban would violate the constitutional right to travel, consequently rejecting the enforcement of the prohibition.
The four alleged drug dealers who were the subject of the appeal argued that they needed to pass through the neighborhood in order to visit their families and access essential social services.
Their claims were deemed valid by the court, ultimately leading to the ruling against San Francisco’s ban.
The city expressed its disappointment with the decision and has not yet decided whether to pursue an appeal.
Despite ongoing efforts to combat drug use in the Tenderloin district through the establishment of rehabilitation facilities, the area continues to suffer from vagrancy, overdoses, and related issues, according to FOX10.