Suburban druggies leaving syringes on our street, Detroiters say - FOX 13 News

Suburban druggies leaving syringes on our street, Detroiters say

Posted: Updated:
A syringe left behind on Wagner Street in southwest Detroit. A syringe left behind on Wagner Street in southwest Detroit.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

They keep the grass cut, plant trees and try to pick up the trash left behind. Despite the looters and illegal dumpers, residents who are trying to survive on Wagner Street do their best to keep the southwest Detroit neighborhood clean.

"The block is just terrible. It's all day long every day," said Cece Lane. "They sit, shoot their dope, toss the needles all out the window."

Lane took us on a walk pointing out needle after needle left behind by people they say come to Detroit to buy their drugs, park on their street and leave the dangerous and dirty remnants behind.

"These are not just kids. These are grown men, all Caucasian people," Lane said. "Nice cars."

Fed up, Lane has started taking license plate numbers down. Other neighbors have confronted them, but they don't budge.

"They still sitting there with the needle in their arm. We're knocking on the door like, "Hey, hey, can you take that somewhere else," Lane said.

"I've actually seen one tying his hand ready to inject," said Michael Quinones. "I feel they're kind of disrespecting me and the neighborhood."

"They go and they leave syringes and little baggies of the drugs or whatever they buy."

Quinones and his wife have a four-year-old child who they won't even let play outside.

This may be new to their neighborhood, but it's a problem that has been going on in Detroit for years. According to a police source who worked narcotics, he said you can bet a new dope house likely popped up in the area. People come in from the suburbs, buy their drugs, park, get their fix and go home.

Police just responded to the same complaints in the area of Martin and Bruckner a few miles away.

"They figure it's so scarce, the houses or whatever around here, nobody's watching them, but we're watching them," Lane said.

Lane plans to turn the license plate numbers over to police.

Meanwhile, police say call them if you see a dope house in the area. The more complaints they receive on one specific location, it moves to the top of the list and they can come and shut it down.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
  • Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:14:26 GMT
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices