Illegal drug activity affects us all

LIBERTY, November 15, 2017 - Drug activity exacts a significant toll on everyone in our society, not just drug abusers, their families and friends. This problem can contribute to homelessness, crime, problems at school and the workplace, as well as healthcare costs.

Possible signs that in combination may indicate drug activity:

  • There are numerous short visits to the location by people in vehicles, on bicycles and/or on foot.
  • Money or small packages are exchanged.
  • The suspected dealer approaches parked vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists and engages in brief encounters with the driver, passenger or pedestrian.
  • Cars frequently drive slowly by the location.
  • Visitors park their cars a few blocks away and walk to the location.
  • Visitors bring personal property such as electronic devices and leave without them.
  • People appear to be acting as lookouts. For example, one person may wait outside while another enters the home.
  • Occupants and/or visitors display behaviors that may include aggression, hyperactivity, paranoia, irritability or other odd behaviors.
  • Shades or blinds are constantly drawn, even though a house is occupied.
  • Unusually extensive security measures are taken at a house.
  • Visitors knock on a neighbor’s door mistaking it for the suspicious house.
  • Drug paraphernalia is found at or near the location, such as: very small zip-lock plastic baggies; small bundled or twisted pieces of cellophane; small pieces of balloon; hypodermic needles and needle caps; broken automobile antennae; small glass vials or pipes; or small pieces of brillo pads.
  • The neighborhood is experiencing elevated levels of crime in the surrounding area, such as burglaries, car prowls and identity theft.
  • There appears to be a suspicious accumulation of property at the location such as a lot of scrap metal, bikes or equipment.
  • Verbal or physical altercations about drugs or money are observed.
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