Anyone who uses or trafficks in illegal drugs may have contributed to the drug wars both here and aborad.

You probably have read or heard about the recent arrests in Kent County of 38 persons charged with various drug offenses.

This happened after a six-month investigation. Seized by the police were quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, along with other drugs. Cash in the amount of $206,000 also was confiscated, plus 13 firearms, 11 cars and nine canines used in dog fighting.

Police estimate this drug gang moved some $4 million a year through Kent County.

Now where did all this money come from? Who was buying the drugs?

Some of it may have been bought by people who already were doing something illegal themselves.

But the bulk of the purchases were very likely made by otherwise law-abiding citizens. Perhaps some of them were individuals with good public reputations.

In addition to whatever “highs” these purchasers experienced, the buyers also did something else.

Some of the money they paid for the illegal drugs undoubtedly found its way to the drug supply sources in Mexico, among other places.

And if it did, this money certainly played a part in the open warfare among rival drug gangs in Mexico, gangs that are responsible for thousands of killings in that country, with many of these murders involving innocent private citizens in addition to rival gang members.

In other words, by extension, drug buyers in Kent County may have contributed to these drug wars. That’s part of the price they paid for the temporary satisfaction of a brief high.

Perhaps those involved in the drug trade in Kent County will think about this the next time they light up a joint or take cocaine in one way or another. If they do think at all, they might realize, if they have even a weak conscience, that they would be better off washing their hands of the whole dirty and deadly business.