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Road signs call on Atlanta mayor to cut drug crime


The bright red signs are hard to miss and their message is hard to mistake, both urging Mayor Kasim Reed to stop the drug dealers who plague Revere Drive.

"It's a real problem," said Jim Lester, who paid for those signs that dotted James Jackson Parkway in northwest Atlanta. "It's a constant stream of traffic from 10 in the morning until late at night."

Lester, who manages several rental homes on Revere Drive in northwest Atlanta's Lincoln Homes community, said the neighborhood is so notorious people come from all over metro Atlanta looking for drugs.

"Suburban drug buyers, soccer moms drive down and get their hit. They stop at one end of the street, place their order. A few minutes later a runner comes up and brings them their product," Lester said.

Lester and people who live on Revere Drive have complained to police.

"They do their job but it's like playing whack-a-mole. They'll bust a house. They'll move next door. They make arrests. They're on the street the next day," Lester said.

Councilmember Felicia Moore, who represents Atlanta's ninth district which includes Lincoln Homes, said the police zone commander for that area has cracked down. "He has been very responsive. We've had several stings, we've had several people arrested," Moore said.

Still, some neighbors complain that Moore, the mayor, the police are ignoring the problem.

"To say I've turned my back on the neighborhood is definitely not a good statement. I'm responsive to every concern they have," Moore said.

CBS46 called the mayor's office, but Carlos Campos, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department replied instead.

Campos said the Zone 1 commander is sending someone to the neighborhood to learn more about residents' concerns. Campos also said the narcotics unit has been locking up drug dealers and will continue to make arrests.

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