Blatant drug dealing near us must stop

December 7, 2017

We live in a Lewes neighborhood where there is obvious drug activity going on at all hours of the day and night in full view directly across the street.

Our community is made up of retirees but in the last few years has been enjoying the presence of families with school-aged children. At the entrance to our community – where the school buses come – parents have observed blatant and highly disturbing drug transactions within sight of the bus stop. We are talking about the 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. time slot! We are not idiots, and can see with our own eyes what is going on.

This must stop.

On a more direct level and on an extremely personal note, my husband, who occasionally drives Uber, picked up a fare in Rehoboth Saturday, Nov. 18, who directed him to an address - in this exact same area near our residential community - where it became clear that the passenger was looking to score drugs by yelling “Yo!” out of the car window.

At this point my husband stopped the car, and told the passenger that he would not be a part of whatever was going on and then took him to his next destination which turned out to be yet another drug house a mile away.

This passenger was returned to his pick-up point back in Rehoboth very quickly. This was the safe thing for my husband to do.
My husband then drove directly to Troop 7 Delaware State Police to report these residences to the officer on duty that night, in person.

According to my husband, the officer just listened and never wrote down a single note, even as to the specific addresses of drug houses (which my husband had due to his Uber app) nor took down any information as to who he was, or where he could be contacted in the future. Nothing.

It was as if someone came to Troop 7 to report a mosquito bite.

With so much incredibly precise information available that my husband had as to exact addresses and the passenger, you would think someone in the local police unit would be remotely interested. Not so, at all.

I believe that the current heroin epidemic in our area will never be properly addressed if we cannot feel confident in our local police. The loss of lives in Sussex County due to heroin overdoses will just continue unabated.

Barbara Woods


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