Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary writes in The Observer Saturday that "Making drugs legal – but controlling supply – would stop the flow of money to crime gangs and destroy their power." Barton's been a police offer for 34 years, who notes that "Occasionally, a retired colleague advocates a change, but mostly politicians, professionals and the media collude in the fiction that we are winning the war on drugs, or if not, that we still have to fight it in the same way. ... if the war on drugs means trying to reduce the illicit supply of drugs, then it has comprehensively failed. ...Since 1971, prohibition has put billions into the hands of villains who sell adulterated drugs on the streets." "Have we not learned the lessons of prohibition in history? The Mob's sinister rise to prominence in the US was pretty much funded through its supply of a prohibited drug – alcohol. That's arguably what we are doing in the UK."