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Open air drug market in North Arlington: Police do nothing
  • Suburban Not Urban June 19, 2013 - 2:25 pm #77192 Reply

    Southee, I believe it’s code enforcement

    Jotorious June 19, 2013 - 2:44 pm #77193 Reply

    You could take some photos of the dealers and the license plates of the buyers and call the cops on them.


    Although, I used to live in HHHVP and the criminal element never bothered me too much. Are the streets unsafe nowadays?

    Dezlboy June 19, 2013 - 2:55 pm #77195 Reply

    @Jotorious, what’s HHHVP?  Sounds like a new STD.

    Jotorious June 19, 2013 - 3:17 pm #77198 Reply
    JimPB June 19, 2013 - 5:21 pm #77205 Reply

    You present a serious problem; it warrants serious replies.

    The agenda for action that comes to mind is:

    – Request a meeting with the ARLCO district commander to present the problem (with documentation, see below) and to learn what the police have been doing and will do to address it.   Schedule a follow-up meeting so that the police know that you will be persisting until the problem is resolved.

    – Acknowledge the days and times that there is a visible ARLCo police presence.

    – Whenever there’s no police presence and there is action, neighbors (as many as possible) should call the police non-emergency number and take pixs/make videos of the action to send to the ARLCo police and to the county board.  Acknowledge police responses, when they occur.

    Co-copy communications to the county board.

    If the problem is not resolved within a month or two, request meetings with board members.  Remember to schedule a follow-up meeting so that board members know that you will be persisting, if necessary.

    Good luck.



    P.S.  Some years ago when the police presence that the Cty Police in another up-scale county could provide was unable to end a drug market and crime in a nice residential area of that county, the residents pooled resources to hire off-duty officers to patrol the area (county policy there is that they can do this off-duty work in uniform and use their patrol cars).  Expensive, but it was reportedly effective.   Today an array of surveillance video cameras (with night vision) might be a far less expensive yet effective way to go.   Carefully positioned, such cameras could enable identification of participants in the action and license plate numbers of cars for the police to use in follow through.

    Good luck.

    Please post the course of fruther action that you all pursue and the results.






    Bard June 19, 2013 - 6:32 pm #77209 Reply

    Complaining that the Arlington Police aren’t doing enough to prosecute drug crime is like complaining that Whole Foods isn’t doing enough to sell overpriced produce. If it was worth worrying about — hell even if it weren’t worth worrying about at all — I’d bet a pretty penny that the APD would be all over it.

    fromthehill June 20, 2013 - 8:35 am #77212 Reply


    Thank you for your suggestions. This was exactly the kind of thoughtful response I was hoping to read. It’s easy for some people to make jokes about drug prices and aptly named subdivsions. However, when dudes are slinging drugs in the open in front of park filled with small children it’s no laughing matter. I will follow-up with the district commander and get the board involved.


    IF the police are, “all over it,” as you suggest, then they need to go back to the Academy.  Police precense in this area is extremely low. Considering how small our fair county is and how many police officers we have, I would think they could station a unit on that corner at least 3-4 times a week. A friend of mine came up with a good suggestion. Why not ask patrol officers to do some of their administrative work while parked on that corner? I see police parked in spots all over town working on their laptops or fiddling with their phones. Why not do that in areas known for illegal activity? A patrol car parked on that corner would go a long way to curb the drug dealing.

    Dezlboy June 20, 2013 - 9:14 am #77215 Reply

    @Jim PB, Just reiterating fromthehill’s thanks….

    wuhbuh June 26, 2013 - 3:23 pm #77870 Reply

    It seems as though something happened last night.  My wife saw police chase someone across High View Park (from Dinwiddie St to Cameron St) where a couple of County Police vehicles were waiting.  There was some rather loud moaning/groaning (from the subject, I’m guessing) shortly after the chase.

    fromthehill June 26, 2013 - 3:30 pm #77875 Reply

    I should amend the title, “Open Air Drug Market in North Arlington : Police do something.”


    I saw the same thing. Occured right around 5pm. Police converged on the corner, sent one suspect running. Good to know APD reads ARLNOW. Hopefully, this will slow down the trade for awhile.

    Ateles Chamek June 27, 2013 - 7:20 am #77943 Reply

    “dollar McMansions and swaths of 3 series BMWs you can readily obtain almost any illegal substance” drugs follow the money trail and speaking frankly there is a lot of money in Arlington. The wealthy have their pleasures and drug indulgence in common place in upper middle – to upper class.
    Rossyln is a common place for recreational drug use – psst but many of the resident wouldnt admit it

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