SUPPLY, NC (WECT) – Some people in the Seashore Hills Community of Brunswick County say drug dealers and dangerous drivers are becoming a problem in their neighborhood, and they want the sheriff's office to step up its patrols. Meanwhile, one group of neighbors is taking matters into their own hands to get crime off the streets.
Since January, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has responded to approximately 100 calls from the Seashore Hills area in Supply. One group of neighbors says they live in fear, and they've had enough.
Linda Thompson and John Chandler have been neighbors for about 25 years. In that time, they've seen their once quiet neighborhood turn into what they call a "danger zone."
Both say that they've seen young people speeding through the neighborhood on dirt bikes, doing drug deals, and even stealing property.
"When I see it, I'm just sick of it," said Thompson. "I'm just absolutely sick of it."
They feel like the sheriff's office needs to do more to make the community safe. Now, they're taking it upon themselves to form a community watch program – hoping to cut down on the crime and get back their peace of mind.
"I hate to do interviews like this, for that same reason," said Chandler. "I could come out here the next morning and maybe my tires are slashed or my shed is burned down. It is a big concern."
In regards to the drug activity in the Sea Shore Hills area, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice-Narcotics Unit has one documented complaint from April of 2013. A spokesperson says they have had numerous investigations in and around the community as well.
Since the complaint was filed in April, the unit has conducted between 80-100 hours of surveillance in the area.
As a result of the surveillance and information derived from this investigation, the Vice-Narcotics Unit has made at least six felony and misdemeanor arrests and conducted numerous warrant-less searches.
Agents have seized heroin, marijuana and pills from the area as part of this investigation as well. A spokesperson says the Vice-Narcotics Unit continues to diligently investigate the drug activity in the area with more arrests expected in the near future.
Just in the past month, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Special Ops Unit has performed multiple saturation patrols of the entire area, and investigated multiple complaints regarding dirt bikes.
According to detectives, there have been only a few incidents regarding property theft in the Sea Shore Hills area which are currently being investigated.
In a statement sent to WECT News, Sheriff Ingram said: "We take all complaints received from our citizen's very seriously. Complaints are investigated and resolved a s quickly as possible. Unfortunately not all information received by our office is credible and at time appears to be more retaliatory than genuine. The actions taken by our agency prove we have made a concerted effort to identify and resolve any issue with the Seashore Hills Community and will continue to do so."
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