Crack house now boarded up

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Our Neighborhood Crime Watch exposed a Richmond crack house and now police have boarded up the vacant home! We showed you inside where heroin and other drugs were being used. This was happening at a home in the Brauers community just off Fairfield Avenue.

The city of Richmond is a little bit safer tonight thanks to that crack house being shut down. But even with the home being shut down some people think the problem will just move somewhere else.

"This is just a common area for shooting up with heroin," said Officer Anthony Catoggia. "You got your spoons for cooking it up. Still got the cotton balls."

That was about a week ago and now the former crack house near Fairfield Avenue in Richmond looks different today. A padlock on the front of the door, windows boarded up and no trespassing signs letting drug users know that the police have been notified.

"Cause it keeps the community a little more safer," said resident, Sileana Stevenson. "I stay at home. I stay around my family. I don't put myself in that situation and be around things like that."

We caught up with Stevenson about a block away from the boarded up crack house. Because of violence from drug users she and others asked that we not show their faces on TV. She's glad to see something being done about the problem but others we spoke don't see the problem going away.

"I don't think it's going to do much. It'll move from one place to another," said Ron Watts. "I would say the solution is to do something around the community as far as the economy to help the people move away from the plot of wanting drugs and needing drugs."

Still, Richmond police believe this is a start to ridding the Brauers community of its drug problem as they continue to fight this and other quality of life crimes in the area. The home that police busted was unoccupied and for sale at the time and still is while police try to keep drug users from breaking in. Officers believe that the home owner likely had no idea what was going on inside.

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