Resident fights drug use in units
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FAMILIES of drug addicts are not alone in the fight against drugs, according to local residents.
A Gladstone man, who feared identifying himself could lead to repercussion from drug addicts, said he lived in a unit complex where a number of people were drug users or dealers.
Discovering syringes in garden beds and around bins at the premises, and putting up with what he described as 'drug parties' led the man to contact police to find out what could be done.
The man said he was forced to call police on a number of occasions after hearing screaming, smashing glass, arguments, doors and walls being kicked and loud music.
'Drug addicts aren't stupid ? the moment the police pull up they put everything away and get rid of any evidence,' he said.
The man said in the past week he had phoned police on three occasions to complain about his neighbours, but once police left the scene, the drug users continued what they were doing.
'I have to shut my bedroom windows to stop the smoke from their drugs drifting into my unit ? why should I be forced to lock myself up and let them roam the streets?' he said.
'Something needs to be done about it. The biggest problem is they're (the courts) not tough enough on them when they do get caught.
'It should be three strikes and you're in the slammer.'