30-year Baltimore resident says drug dealers taking over; police defend new tactics
Lee is too afraid to show his face, or say his real name, but he reached out to Operation: Crime and Justice to tell his story of drug dealers taking over his neighborhood.
“Once they’re in the neighborhood and they have a stronghold, it’s hard to break,” Lee said as he drove us around city streets.
Lee says he calls police, but they don’t confront the dealers and make arrests like Lee says they should.
Baltimore’s acting police commissioner confirmed to us drug arrests are down.
“Gone are the days when we’re arresting just for numbers. We have to make quality arrests that are going to stand up in court and be prosecuted,” Tuggle said.
From what Lee sees through his car windows, the new strategy isn’t working.
“The dealers don’t even move anymore because they know nothing’s going to happen,” Lee says.
According to police crime data, while overall arrests were down in 2018 compared to 2017, overall crime was down 10%.