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9 Signs Your Neighbor Is a Drug Dealer

Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha and Cuyahoga Falls Police Capt. Jack Davis provide a list of signs that could indicate drug activity in your neighborhood.

The thing about drug operations is they can be set up anywhere, anytime.

And occasionally, it's not just police officers that work to find the bad guys. It may all boil down to a tip given by an observant resident.

Here are some things to watch for regarding suspicious neighborhood drug activity, according to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha and Cuyahoga Falls Police Capt. Jack Davis:

  • There's an unusually large amount of traffic, often at strange hours. This traffic is usually quick, and the people stay only a short time. Sometimes they don't even go in at all; instead, someone comes out to meet them. 
  • Observable exchanges of items, especially where money is visible.
  • Ability to afford items without a job -- cars, TVs, etc.
  • Neighbors will continually host parties and appear to be under the influence of drugs.
  • Repeated flickering of cigarette lighters.
  • Windows are blocked out, preventing neighbors from seeing in.
  • Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, baggies, etc.) in the area.
  • Noxious odors coming from around houses or buildings, such as musty or chemical smells.
  • Houses or buildings where extreme security measures seem to have been taken.

After a report is provided, it may not always result in a drug arrest as some tips simply lead to dead ends, said Davis. At times, it takes sufficient evidence or a prolonged investigation, so be patient and keep a watchful, yet inconspicuous eye on suspicious neighbors, he said.

Anyone that suspects ongoing drug activity in Kent should contact the Portage County Drug Task Force at (330) 296-8626, said Prusha.

If drug activity is spotted in real time, residents should try and get descriptions of people, vehicles and the direction of travel, and call the Kent Police Department at 330-673-7732, said Prusha.

Logan February 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Would it honestly matter if he was Muslim? When you use the term "wouldn't be surprised if he is a Muslim too" you are stating that it is a race...well it is not. Also they way you wrote it, it sounds very racist. It shouldn't matter what religion or race anyone is!
Sa;;y February 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Mars and Alex - I'm certainly enjoying your comments. On a more serious note I am quite sure the police department never intended for anyone to dig in their neighbors trash or peep in their windows. I believe Obama has a fleet of drones that will be in town to handle those tasks.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Oh, good one.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM
“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.” ― Desmond Tutu What will the white "majority" do when they become the minority? Time to buy more guns!
Chris (Kit) Myers February 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM
In Kent if one of the signs of a drug dealer doesn't conform to Kent's sign ordinance, he/she will get more grief from the City than a judge will ever give him/her.

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