Cracking Down on Drug Stash Houses in School Zones

The Sheriffs Department has been focusing their efforts on reducing your child's exposure to drugs. However, when it comes to your community, everyone has a part to play in keeping it safe.

Drug bust, after drug bust. Law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on stash houses, especially those near school zones. Sheriff Martin Cuellar says they target these zones, because of the people who are targeted by drug dealers. Sheriff Cuellar says, "We target those criminals that are lurking and going around those school areas. A lot of times, peer pressure may come about on the kids where they have drug dealers selling to kids."

Oscar Ramirez, a father of six, says drugs are always a concern for parents. "There's always a concern with that because most kids start at a young age. They get targeted because they're future buyers and they keep on coming back."

In order to keep your community safe, law enforcement agencies say they depend on you through what they call community policing. Sheriff Cuellar says your involvement is critical. "They are our eyes and ears in helping us report crime. Once they do that, we interact with the community and we call it community policing."

Some drug busts are the direct results of tips called in to Crime Stoppers by observant residents. Ramirez says when it comes to his family's safety, he's going to do it old school. "One of the things that we used to do when I was young, everyone in our neighborhood knew who one another was. We knew all our neighbors and we knew all our kids. We knew who was picking up when, at what time, and where. We knew that if cars were gone or people was out of town, who was supposed to be there and who wasn't supposed to be there."

The number to call to report a crime tip to crime stoppers is 727-TIPS, that's 727-8477. Aside from Crime Stoppers, you can also do your part in preventing crime by joining a Neighborhood Watch group.

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