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News

NEIGHBORS selling NARCOTICS
Posted on Sep 3rd, 2013

September 3, 2013

Dear Neighbors,
 
LESSONS FROM SUNLAND 
 
For those who may not be familiar with the neighborhood, Sunland is the street that directly access N.W. Highway and follows through past Reilly Elementary School.
 
Good news last week thanks to a couple of Sunland neighbors who recently contacted one of our Lochwood Neighborhood Association's three (3) off-duty Dallas Police Officers (as part of our neighborhood-funded ENP program - Expanded Neighborhood Patrol) to alert him to "suspicious behavior, suspicious persons" at a house on their street.  After a few months of observation and collecting enough evidence, a warrant was issued and arrests were made for possession and distribution of narcotics by renters on Sunland.  
 
HOWEVER, yesterday I spoke with our ENP Officer who had just spoken to other neighbors on Sunland and they were asking him about the arrests (after reading about it on our neighborhood Facebook page). They told him that they, too, had noticed suspicious behavior at this house beginning nearly 2 years ago. The Officer asked if they called the police to report it. "No", was the answer he received!!!!!!
 
Dallas Police are HANDCUFFED
 
Although things may change in the future, as of now Dallas Police Officers cannot legally park in front of a house and watch it without first being notified of suspicious behavior at that house and they certainly cannot search a house without gathering sufficient evidence to win the approval of a search warrant (not an easy task), as I was told by one of our ENP Officers.  
 
As kids, some of us had to write 100 times on the chalkboard a phrase concerning behavior that we would either stop doing, "I will not hit", or start doing, "I will listen".  I wish I had the time and space to write the following phrase 100 times in this email so that it becomes second nature for all of us in Lochwood:
 
"I will call 911 and report any suspcious behavior and persons"...and call our ENP cell phone and leave a message: (214) 478-368
       
Here in Beautiful Lochwood?

Yes, here in beautiful Lochwood. One of our ENP Officers told me that it is common for drug dealers to rent houses in nice neighborhoods because they think no one would suspect them (or have the common sense to report them). He told me of a person who paid $3,000 per month in rent in an affluent neighborhood while distributing illegal drugs from the house. The owner of the house commented that his tenant never ever missed or was late for his rent so he assumed he held a good, high-paying, reputable job. Not the case!
Let's all commit from this day forward to being part of the solution and not part of the problem!
And if it would help to write out 100 times, "I will call 911 and report any suspicious behavior and persons", please be encouraged to do so!  
 
Thanks again to our ENP Officers and the neighbors who are able to support the program, to the
Dallas Police Department, and Dallas Narcotics Division.
 
Best Regards,
Scott Robson
President, Lochwood Neighborhood Association 
 
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