The Daily News' "Tainted Justice" series has prompted community leaders to question the wisdom of using an elite drug-enforcement unit to bust small stores for selling drug paraphernalia.
City Council Member Maria Quinones-Sanchez said the city should develop a fairer, more productive and less costly method of enforcement.
"We have to do better outreach, so when it happens, people are not caught off guard," she said. "If they don't comply, then there's enforcement."
Some store owners and community leaders say enforcement should be handled by inspectors from the Department of License and Inspections who could educate store owners, write citations and levy fines.