Would you report a known drug dealer?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would absolutely call it in. You can do so anonymously.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If this guy is as terrible as you are saying I don’t think I would be calling the cops a day after he tells his sister…. she might end up getting some serious pay back and depending on what he is selling/how much etc he might just get a little slap on the wrist ($1000 fine or something) or they could end up taking away your friends parents house bc its involved in a crime

 

I guess I would have to know more about the situation

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes, your friend and her parents could be in trouble if they don’t report it and the cops come in, however, if they are the ones that call the cops then they would not be in trouble. Retribution is a possibility by the brother. If I were them, they should get a restraining order and leave for a few days along with any real valuables. Yes, it’s for the betterment of all if the parents and your friends call the cops, not anonymously. Your friends brother could possibly get some of the help he obviously needs too.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If they love him, they would do that. Maybe jail will be shocking enough for him to make a change. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

anonymouse1234:  Absolutely call the cops! Besides your friend’s safety, you don’t want drug dealing in your neighbourhood.

Phone the cops but in a way that doesn’t make it obvious that you’re using her tipoff. Tell them you’re seeing a suspicious number of people coming and going to that house.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

anonymouse1234:  You have the right to call that in anonymously, if you so choose. This situation seems to make you very uncomfortable. Not to mention the lives of others may very well be in danger now or at some point. What happens if he sells a bad batch of something to someone. Or an addict is in serious need of their fix. Seems to me that a lot of the buyers know where he lives. People do crazy things when desperate. Things may only escalate if the situation is not eradicated. Good Luck

Post # 8
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Busy bee

LISTEN TO ME: in some states the law says if a crime involves drugs, the state has a right to seize property including cars and houses! I read one story the other week about some parents in PA right now fighting to get their house back from the state- they didn’t even know their son sold drugs and they lost their house over it! That’s ridiculous and wrong.

So do not call the cops on him for drugs, you could put the entire family out on the street 🙁

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

yupmarried:  I strongly disagree!

The sister’s in a terrible situation anyway. I don’t see how getting rid of the brother could make it worse, even if the cops take some of her stuff.

As for that PA couple, there’s got to be more to the story.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

aussiemum1248:  they wouldn’t lose “some stuff” they’d lose the house! just like if the boy was caught with drugs while driving the parent’s car, the cops could seize the car and legally not return it (they get sold at auctions). The PA story isn’t the only one I’ve heard of, that’s just an example and easily google-able for anyone interested. The police didn’t believe the parents were so clueless about their son’s drug dealing– and you’d better believe they won’t believe the OP’s friend’s parents are so “clueless” either, they’ll be considered accomplists and possibly charged. “Innocent until proven guilty” is a joke when police are on a mission, it’s more like “guilty until you prove yourself innocent.”

anonymouse1234:  it is up to your friend’s parents to kick him out of their house, why haven’t they kicked him out? is your friend even going to tell her parents about the drugs?

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Stillwell House

Reporting it does not guarantee any action on the part of the police.  

Thug who lived next door to me and burgled me twice would post all over his Facebook with pictures about dealing drugs, graffiti, selling his food stamps for cash, under age drinking, and driving without a license. Criminal threats against my teen daughter as well. Our community pool had camera footage of his keg parties up there, and one of them drove off to crash with an extreme DUI right after.  All of this while he was on unsupervised probation (no random drug tests) as a “first time offender” with two consecutive crimes of differing type going thru the courts at the age of 19.   I am so jealous when I read news coverage of police using info from social media as evidence.  The fine officers of the Tucson, AZ police dept. would not respond to my complaints nor review the supporting pictures and brags he had posted. 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

anonymouse1234:  honestly I think it would depend on what be was dealing. he’s going to be a psycho regardless. If it’s pot… Meh I would let it go. Or maybe just call it in since he’s clearly not smart about it a smart dealer wouldn’t be noticeable  

 

If its it’s a hard drug, I would call it in. 

 

I guess im no help lol. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate

I think instead of calling the cops first…you should convince your friend to seek help from some sort of organization that helps families dealing with an abusive situation in the household. They would probably know the bet way to deal with this issue, including involving the police.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

aussiemum1248:  What yupmarried:  says is true. They can take everything, including minor children, and put the adults in the house in jail. Once your in that part of the system, it’s a nightmare, even if the others knew nothing about the dealing. That’s why I say it’s important for the family themselves to turn they guy in. I’ve seen parents do it before and then the police don’t take action action against the family in the house. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

If the family hasn’t turned him in because they are afraid of him I would caution you to be very careful with you decision to turn him in. If his behaviour towards his family is frightening then consider what his behaviour towards a non family member who turned him in would be like. You have to consider the safety of your family who lives in this street. 

I would send an anon letter to your local member of council or paliament with a cc to the local press. The press most likely wouldn’t run a story due to liable but it would pressure the people with some power to take action. Write the letter in reference to the drug problem in the area as a whole and give the location of this place and any others you know of. This way you and the sister have a degree of seperation from the report.

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