Letter: Shut down the drug houses
Editor of the Reformer,
Kudos to the Reformer for this past week's three-part series on downtown Brattleboro. One part in particular surprised me: when (Select Board Vice-Chair) Tim Wessel mentioned the town's "aggressive approach to arresting drug dealers." That "aggressive approach" is not obvious on Spruce Street, where a dealer has been operating for months at least. I won't name the address in the interest of neighbors' privacy; in any case, the police are very aware of it. They've been getting calls about the house for a while. I've heard the same story from neighbors of 33 Oak Street (who also mentioned that drug dealing is still going on at that address) and from neighbors of a drug house near Chestnut Hill. The latter folks repeatedly called the police for at least a year while documenting the activity at the drug house in detail. I'm not an expert; I don't know what the solution is. But I can't accept that there isn't one, or that nothing more can be done. It's unacceptable to deal dangerous drugs out in the open — with practical impunity — for months and years. We, the neighbors of drug houses, demand more!
Brattleboro, Oct. 6
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