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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – There's been an increase in drug activity around public housing units in Thomasville lately.

People who live in those neighborhoods worry that's a sign of more serious crimes to come.

They want more police patrols to keep the bad guys away from their homes.

People stood in line at Thomasville's housing authority Thursday, hoping to get an apartment. But most of them didn't know that crime is on the rise in their potential new neighborhood.

"It concerns me a lot because I have a 3-year old child," says Emily Lamons, a housing authority applicant. "I'd hate to bring him into a place with a lot of drugs."

Tuesday morning, officers stopped Anthony Barber for a traffic violation but found drugs instead. He ran away from authorities and tried to hide under a house before being arrested.

In another incident, police arrested Macon Mango, a repeat drug offender, after finding 14 ready to sell bags of pot. Both men were arrested within 1,000 feet of housing authority.

"There's a lot of gang people living around here and smoking," says Tariche Smith, who visits her grandmother at the public housing units frequently. "And sometimes they'll be fighting around here."

Some people living here think the drug activity will lead to more violent crimes down the road. They want police to step up patrols to stop the problem before it really becomes one.

"We need more police around here to watch out," says Smith.

Lamons adds, "If they arrest everyone, I'm not really scared. But if people are still out there, I'm worried because you never know what they're going to do."

Some people say the housing authority's property is well-kept, but security is lacking.

"They're not too concerned about you so you have to worry about yourself," Lamons explains.

And people like Tariche Smith's grandmother are concerned when they see suspicious people roam the neighborhood.

"She'll be like Tariche, get in this house! She thinks I might get hurt. They need to stop smoking around here and fighting in this area.'

But for now, residents won't have to worry about these two men.

Both Anthony Barber and Macon Mango are still being held at the Thomas County Jail on those drug charges.


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