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Fuquay-Varina Residents Push Back Against Drug Dealers

Posted April 14, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Growth is turning many of the small towns around the Triangle into city suburbs, and some town residents are discovering growth can bring big city problems, like drugs.

Illegal drug dealing is thriving in the Fuquay-Varina neighborhood Forrest Newkirk calls home.

"It seems like the drug dealers are not afraid of the police. They just make the deals in front of anybody," Newkirk says. He says they seem to have no fear whatsoever.

Newkirk says illegal drug activity takes place in the neighborhood all hours of the day and night. It has gotten so bad, the police department has set up a sub-station in the neighborhood. But that has just shifted the dealing down the street.

Police raided two homes last week across the street from the Trice Funeral Home. They seized hundreds of dollars worth of crack cocaine and marijuana, and made two arrests.

Carl Trice would like to see Fuquay-Varina use the same techniques as other areas, community policing and neighborhood watch.

"We may not stop it, but we want it out of this community," Trice says. "We as a community have to rally together and let the young men know that we will not tolerate this."

Town commissioner Bill Freeman, whose own car has been approached by drug dealers, says the time may right to devote more resources.

"Citizens have made a plea for this, and I think they understand that we really have a problem," Freeman says.