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Letter: Take a stand 
against drug activity

Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

On behalf of the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment, I would like to publicly thank DeKalb KFC employees for their actions on the evening of Jan. 28th that resulted in the arrest of a man charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school.

According to an article in the Daily Chronicle on Jan. 30, KFC employees called police after smelling marijuana.

DCP/SAFE is a coalition made up of community members with a shared interest in reducing substance abuse among youth. Currently, the coalition is taking action to reduce marijuana use in DeKalb County youth. DCP/SAFE believes that when a community comes together to comprehensively address marijuana/substance use among its youth, the youth in that community will use less or not at all.

The employees of KFC demonstrated the positive outcomes that can result for our community when individuals take personal responsibility to get involved in drug prevention. DCP/SAFE urges more individuals to follow the lead of these up-standers and notify the police when you suspect drug activity in your surroundings.

Below are examples of patterns that may indicate drug activity:

• An unusually large amount of traffic comes to the house or apartment building – often at strange hours. This traffic is usually quick, the people stay only a short time and may be greeted outside, rather than going inside.

• Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, baggies, etc.) in the area.

• Repeated exchanges of items, especially where money is visible.

• Noxious odors coming from around houses or buildings, such as “musty” smells.

• Houses or buildings where extreme security measures appear to be taken.

If you suspect drug activity in your neighborhood, don’t assume the police already know about it, or that a neighbor will call. All neighbors affected by drug activity are encouraged to make a report each time they witness suspicious activity.

Citizens can anonymously make reports by calling the DeKalb police nonemergency number 815-748-8400. When filing a report, it is helpful to provide as much information as possible, such as vehicle description, registration information, and suspect descriptions.

Once again, we want to express our gratitude to the employees of KFC who made the right choice and also to the DeKalb Police Department for their rapid response to this call.

Capri Smith

DCP/SAFE Program Coordinator

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