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What do you do if illegal drugs are being sold on your street? My husband and I live on 9th and California and there are two houses, a duplex and a house that constantly have traffic. My husband has called the police multiple times, but they don't seem to do anything. One of my other neighbors said the houses were being watched but nothing is being done. My grandchildren come over here every other weekend, and I am at a loss of what to do anymore. I am over the drugs in this town and the cops not pursing the dealers.

Officers reply:

Your question rings an echo and I mean that in a respectful manner. Drug dealers and drug houses are by the dozens in Columbus. 


Unfortunately, the Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office continues to tie the hands of law enforcement and requires a very precise, accurate and evidence loaded case before any action can be taken. What does that mean for the citizens? Well, simply put, the police can do very little to take down drug infested houses. 

Unfortunately, the police cannot take your call, go knock on the door and then go in and search, take the drugs and arrest the offenders. 

The only way to "take this down" is to establish probable cause and in a residence, that is difficult. Some tactics are to stop cars that are leaving the house and hopefully find drugs in the car and then get the driver to tell them that the drugs came from that house. Often times, this doesnt work. 

I would stop short of saying the cops are doing nothing about it...they have very few things they can actually do about it. This runs much deeper but the more liberal our society becomes, the broader this problem will grow. We, the good people, are almost forced to live with it as the law abiding citizens lose rights almost everyday. 

This is unfortunate and I wish I had a better answer.

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