Gangs occupy an OBX underworld

By on January 28, 2013

First of three parts

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When word of two large fights and a stabbing began to circulate last year, public statements from law enforcement confirmed that at least some of the people involved were gang members.

Shortly thereafter, police, in conjunction with organizations such as the P.T.A. and the League of Women Voters, began to conduct public meetings to inform residents about the presence of gangs in Dare County and local efforts to contain them.

In the comments section of the Voice and other local and social media, reactions ranged from fear, to support of police actions, to skepticism.

Some readers felt gang activities had been covered up to protect the tourist industry. Others felt the gang problem was being hyped, perhaps by police looking for more funding and manpower.

We sat down with Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie and Capt. Charlie Nieman of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office to talk about gangs and how serious the threat really is on the Outer Banks.

We also received the views of two local police chiefs: Kevin Brinkley of Nags Head and Gary Britt of Kill Devil Hills.

When asked if there was an attempt by police to cover up information on gang activity and some of the violence that took place last summer, Doughtie said: “I don’t think that’s the case at all.”

He pointed to the public meetings on gangs and said local police officers were open in discussing gang activity in Dare County, including some of the violent outbreaks.

“I attended the first public meeting in Kill Devil Hills and even though we all work closely together, I was impressed with how well these officers have worked their way into the gang system in a big way,” he said.

Doughtie said the topic of gangs here has been an educational process for the public, nightclub owners and the media. He believes communication among all of these groups will continue to improve.

And what about the fights? Were they gang-related?

Sheriff Doug Doughtie.

“Often we don’t know exactly what starts a fight at a certain bar,” he said. “It can be two guys arguing, two women or groups from different counties or schools. But once the fight starts, it seems like everyone from everywhere gets involved, including some who have definite gang affiliations.”

How do they know?

“These are people that have been arrested before, and through that process or their activities in the prison system, we know the people who are in gangs,” Nieman said.

“We work closely with other towns, such as Elizabeth City and we have excellent working relationship with federal agencies.”

Added Doughtie: “We have photos, we know their associations and we monitor social media sites like Facebook, where gang members make their presence known. The local ALE (Alcohol Law Enforcement) agents are also pretty hard-nosed about gang activity, and they know who the players are also.”

Our discussion then turned to the balance between efforts to inform the public while not overstating the problem or creating unnecessary fear.

We asked Sheriff Doughtie, simply: “Does Dare County have a gang problem?” which led to a slightly more complex answer.

“Yes, I think we do have a gang problem, a certain element of activity in the drug trade. It’s driven by drugs and money, and when gangs know drugs can sell for more in Dare County than Elizabeth City, it’s just good business sense that draws them here.”

The public meetings have included information about colors and other markings favored by gangs.

“I don’t want people to think there’s 25 gangs with 10 members each and 250 members living here. And if you see a group of teenagers walking with red bandanas or a pant leg hiked up, are they ‘wannabes’ or the real members?

“The real gang members aren’t walking, they’re driving better cars than I do.”

Nieman described the dilemma in more detail.

“If you go to any town today that has a major gang problem and asked them to look back twenty years ago, when there were only a handful of known gang members, would they do things differently? You can’t stick your head in the sand, you’ve got to do something now.”

The dilemma for law enforcement is how to communicate this to the public in a balanced fashion. There are gang members living here and doing business locally. Their numbers are small, but on weekends, out-of-town members are drawn to the nighttime entertainment at Outer Banks venues.

If law enforcement downplays the budding problem, it could grow right under our noses.

On the other hand, Dare’s gang problem isn’t the stuff of television police dramas. The two widely publicized fights were just that, two fights. And they took place at times when most of us, visitors and locals, had called it a night.

“The times and places you and I go out to eat or move around town are not the times and places these fights have taken taken place,” Doughtie said.

The bulk of gang activity is immersed in drug sales, largely unseen by the average person.

So it is unlikely that most locals or tourists will come face-to-face with or even be aware of gang activity.

Next: We’ll look at why violence has occurred at bars and what local police departments are doing about it.

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Comments

Bizzness

February 13, 2013 4:56 pm

Fewer Police, a booming drug trade and high property crime rates are good for Drug Dealer Business.

@ Tonya Byrum

February 9, 2013 8:55 am

So, a booming drug trade and a high property crime rate is good for business?

ducksux

February 8, 2013 9:37 pm

There are gangs on the outer banks , they ride around with guns,and dress the same ,some even have dogs.They have 10,000 ways to lock you away.

Rob Morris

February 6, 2013 12:29 pm

That was intended as an illustration. I’ve replaced it to avoid any confusion.

????

February 6, 2013 11:19 am

The picture up top is not a gang photo…It is located outside of the State University in Raleigh, right by the North Carolina Art Museum. It was a place where artist could paint freely without being hassled by anyone…. As for the gangs on the beach, I believe it, this place is filled with drug addicts. They go where the money is good.

legalizeit now

February 5, 2013 1:23 pm

legalize it , tax it, and get ride of the out of the USA competition. homegrown usa , that is better than gangs and mexico or another foriegn country. Give that drug money to the gov’t in the form of a new tax!

Tonya Byrum

February 4, 2013 7:16 pm

I do not want to see more police presense. There is WAY too much as it is. This is not a police state. Please people!!!!! All these cops everywhere is bad for business. Who wants to come somewhere like this?

2nd amendment lover

February 4, 2013 7:09 pm

As long as drugs are illegal there will be an underground market for them and gangs will make money on them. It’s the same with alcohol prohibition. That started the mafia. As long as we are free to bear arms, there is no need to fear criminals. The moment the govt takes that right away we are all sitting ducks. When a gang member points a gun at you, how long do you think you can wait for a cop to show up? Arm yourself.

Art

February 4, 2013 3:36 am

No, not end of story. Not if their parents are gang members. Look, you can choose to understand and help the problem or you can choose not to. We criticize the police for not talking to the community but when they do we criticize them for doing so. As for the comments about revenue, I haven’t seen anything where they have asked for a single dime. And Russ even remarked that he went to them with questions about the situation. What is so wrong with being proactive? Okay, if you’re from a big city where there were big problems, would it have been nice if they attacked the problem early on rather than sticking their heads in the sand? Try and help rather than sit on your hands.

long time resident

February 3, 2013 11:35 am

In the past year kids have spray painted in downtown Manteo and the word in the community was “gangs” – yes, they were gangs of 12 & 13 year olds getting into trouble as kids of that age will do. The police caught them. end of story.

Frigg

February 3, 2013 8:22 am

With out discipline there is no no honour.

OBX Surfer for life

February 2, 2013 11:08 am

When you look at the whole problem, you can’t just say its a gang problem, it is just the same crap that has been going on this beach for years. Yeah you always here about “West 3rd Street,” that has been talked about for a long time here, but I know for a fact I go out don’t see a ton of graffiti on buildings or a group of people wearing a particular clothing color. Really its just been a group of dudes fighting over a spilled beer or some stupid drama bullcrap, or just some little punkheads that think they’re so gangster, really its just them and their parents need to be smacked in the head, just for a reality check. Of course summer time you get more of a diverse crowd, so you’re gonna have personalities colliding there, or people just bringing that hood-rat crap to this peaceful beach, which those people need to really carry that back across the bridge they came over on and keep it there. So with that said its just the sheriff and chief of police needs to make sure the problem doesn’t grow, keep the police presence noticed through the streets, and educate new residents on neighborhood watch programs.

MTOCOKEGAL

February 1, 2013 12:11 pm

Rick Caton….hats off to you my brother…you ALWAYS tell it like it is…even putting your name right on out there! KEEP IT REAL!

Bill

February 1, 2013 11:28 am

“WTH says:
Bill: you obviously don’t understand addiction.”

Quite the contrary…

“Addicted minds” are also the most dangerous minds in society.

Bill

February 1, 2013 10:56 am

I have a clue, but face the simple fact folks…WHERE does the revenue stream come from for the dealers? Sure, the unfortunate “devil” in drugs is the addiction; however, the fool who first tries it, then gets addicted is no different from the fool who attempts to rob your house. In fact, in many cases they are one in the same, as most of the other criminal activity we see here relate to “buyers” trying to steal/burglarize to support their addiction (simply look at this web site and posts regarding recent burglaries and other crimminal activity. The burglars/criminals all have the classic signs of meth induced afflictions as seen in their mug photos). Thus, those associating buyers as victims who need treatment as compared to lock up, you all need to think about the concept of drug buying and the concept of the buyer. In most all cases, the BUYERS are criminals and in many cases involved in activity worse than the dealers. Why would a dealer need to break into your home… though a meth head buyer, sure….he/she needs the cash!

On top of that you have the cocaine market which revolves in the wealth circles, thus as a dealer (for both poor and rich), its all very $green$ business, and a profitable money making one at that, driving all along by the BUYER!

are you kidding?

January 31, 2013 4:33 pm

me! Do you really believe the school system and tax payers should pay for day care for middle schoolers? Parents are responsible for thier children not me.

Rick Caton

January 31, 2013 4:07 pm

The back room and a baseball bat would break this crap up

Dude

January 31, 2013 10:36 am

Bill get a clue. There will always be drug addicts! Its the dealers that need to be focused on.

I am really interested in what you have to say Evil because I live in your hood. The end of what street are you talking about? Point it specifically and I’ll call the police myself. I have no problem ratting out the dealers in my neighborhood. If more people did call the police on renters and unwanteds that you are talking about the OBX wouldn’t have a problem. Be a vigilant and watchful resident of the OBX and we can do our own policing.
When I first bought my house a dealer started renting across the street. He was nice and polite but the night time traffic at his house made his business obvious and after notifying the police it happened. DRUG BUST! It was awesome! Cop cars came from both directions on my street, plowed into the driveway! Dude it was like rats out of a sinking ship! Those junkies were pouring out of every door and window! We then talked to the landlord about a more intensive reference check and there’s been no problems since. That was 11 years ago. I wished I had video taped it!

mtomom&dad

January 31, 2013 9:20 am

Perhaps using one of those electronic billboards to make very public the pictures, names and crimes of gang members, drug dealers, sex offenders and habitual offending drunk drivers will make them either want to leave the area or change their ways. If I saw my neighbor’s picture advertised that way I’d watch them like a hawk and report suspicious activity. They would know they were being watched! If everyone did that, what gang member or drug dealer with half a brain would stick around!

Me

January 31, 2013 9:06 am

It is starting younger and younger. That is why we need to have something for the Middle School kids in the afternoon. Such as after school care, that is structured and there is supervision. Kids at this age are still to young to leave at home alone and to wonder the streets. The younger ones such as the 6th graders a lot of them want to fit in, so they get mixed up in things they shouldn’t. Parents want this, but nobody will listen. The schools need to provide something.

Wanchese guy

January 31, 2013 8:01 am

These gangs are not gangs. Load these wanna be thugs into a bus and drop them off in a real ghetto. See how long they survive? I’ve lived in huge metro areas with large ghettos and gangs. This is elementary school gang activity comparatively.

dare

January 31, 2013 6:48 am

Simple solution-quit smoking dope, abusing prescription drugs and consuming those things that gangs are here to provide. Don’t just where a purple sweatshirt, become involved in your kids lives, coach a sport, be involved so the kids aren’t drawn to gangs. Dare County is rife with folks who won’t take responsibility and live off the system. Stop taking and start giving. We all need to step up.

Wow

January 31, 2013 5:21 am

It’s amazing how many ignorant people there are around here. It’s more amazing how many people think this is some kind of conspiracy.

No. These gangs do not fly or represent their colors and in most circumstances they are working together.

Why fly colors and bring attention to yourself or start territorial wars when there is so much money to be made?

If you have ever seen “Lock Up” or any other prison documentary then you would know that most criminals do not have a 5th grade education, but are just short of a civil engineer.

Criminals are good at what they do and they are not stupid when it comes to their business.

With the same bridge tax that applies to every aspect of our cost of living also applying to the drug trade around here–there is no real reason to war with one another or walk around thugged out drawing unwanted attention.

This all about money.

The cops have their hands full around here and I feel for them on this issue. As a person who grew up in an area with gangs I know they cannot be easily stopped and the odds are the situation gets worse.

There is not hundreds of active members living on the OBX, but there is enough. Combine those living here with those coming and going from other cities and their numbers are much stronger then most will give credit too.

The single greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing people he didn’t exist.

So.. if you believe there are no gangs on the Outer Banks then the gangs are getting their job done quite well.

Most these gang members probably couldn’t spell a four syllable word like CONSPIRACY–but d@mn if they haven’t done a great job of making you think they are one.

No. There picture in the article does not represent our area.

But if you are not too lazy you can go over to Tateway by the bike path and look on the back of that sign and clearly see a gang tag representing the Folk Nation.

If you educate yourself, then you’ll see plenty of gang activity.

Or just keep acting smart and telling everyone else they are stupid.

WTH

January 30, 2013 7:45 pm

Bill: you obviously don’t understand addiction.

Bill

January 30, 2013 6:04 pm

Another thing with buyers is that often they are viewed more as “victims” as compared to criminals. For example, there are many organizations which support drug addiction and help with attempting to lead users to a clean path. However, is the the right path? Should buyers be treated as victims or criminals? Buyers in a nutshell are the source of the whole game, as they provide the revenue which make the criminal enterprise of drug dealership profitable. Basically, if you take away or minimize demand, then supply will falter, aka, the dealers, gangs, etc… will no longer have a market.

All in all, if buyers were portrayed as feeding the beast as compared to victims of it, perhaps the beast would die off due to lack of demand.

KDH Rezident Evil

January 30, 2013 5:12 pm

Come ask my neighbors on Suffolk Street about the gangsters living at the end of the block if you don’t believe we have a gang problem. He wasn’t the only one in that neighborhood either. I’d bet 90% of our community’s problems have some drug-related root and if you’ve ever had your GPS or your flat screen stolen, you can bet the proceeds wound up in the pockets of some dealer.

Part of the problem is the revolving door the criminals keep going through at the courthouse and that particular problem is about to get a whole lot worse.

Bill

January 30, 2013 2:42 pm

Why do we not hear more about active identification, capture, and prosecution of the buyers?

If there is a cocaine problem (which is the most expensive drug and likely the key money-maker for dealers), why is there not a stronger effort to infiltrate the buyer circles and cut off the dealer’s main money supply?

Prioritize based on the drug buyer where for example a pot smoker would likely be much less influential on the money stream as compared to a coke head.

All in all, focus on the sources of dealer income (the buyers) and if there are no high dollar buyers, there is no market.

Local

January 30, 2013 2:02 pm

What’s wrong with Colington Harbour a/k/a the ghetto….I think it is a nice neighborhood. I have great neighbors and a beautiful house on the water. No issues on my street…nice and quiet.

Listen

January 30, 2013 1:37 pm

Sometimes too much talk and not enough listening. I have had the chance to hear detectives from our communities talk about this issue more than once. I choose to trust and support law enforcement who have sworn to serve our communities and potentially put themselves in harms way.
Thank you for all you do -

MTOCOKEGAL

January 30, 2013 1:13 pm

I was part of a study the other day that was talking about the decline of society….and some of these conversations are full of the reasons for the decline.

Where there is failure to take responsibility for yourself what you have responsibility over there is Blame…some want to blame the police for not doing enough and giving “little tickets” for just speeding a little…WRONG IS STILL WRONG…take responsibility and accept consequences.

Where there is no respect for Authority – there is rebellion….enough said on that.

Where there is no unity there is division. We have to accept there are problems…small or large – THEY ARE STILL PROBLEMS…and the big ones did do a “big bang” and come to us enormous and out of control. They started little.
It is my wish and prayer that we could work together with the police, our families and schools and STOP THE NEGATIVITY! Negativity hasn’t worked so far to change one thing…so why not just try the working together route and see how that works out. I believe it will work much better. At the very least, if if doesn’t all the Negative folks can return to their lives of misery and wallowing and resort to negativty once again.

I agree too with AN ANOTHER THING…trying a little Jesus can go a long way to help this problem of gangs and will even help drug related issues, family dynamics, and workplace ethics….TRY IT…for the love of God…TRY IT!

Russ Lay

January 30, 2013 1:10 pm

Jon-good point and those considerations, as well as logistical problems in gathering data from eight law enforcement agencies is why a crime blotter seems to carry more negatives than positives. Crimes of note and crime sprees are reported by all local police to the media and that seems to be a good balance at present.

mhmm

January 30, 2013 1:10 pm

I dont believe there are gangs that need to be worried about here. These “gangs” that are so violent are more than likely a group of friends fighting another group of friends all because one person is mad at another, no one can fight alone anymore they have to get all their friends together to help out. Drugs yes there is an over abundance of drugs and a lot is pills thanks to the hospital passing them out like candy people are getting hooked then there is a market for them. Other drugs are moving in as a result because some people get so badly hooked they will do anything just to get their next high, it is horrible but its probably a lot more true than there are gangs…

cook

January 30, 2013 12:41 pm

There is not a gang problem on the obx. Drug problem, yes. These fights happen because people get drunk and fight at 2 am. Im sure some might b in a gang, but nobody reps here, gangs dont even fight bout that crap nomore. What we have are two different problems that we are merging into one, that is not even the problem. ALE has reconized that people here get way to wasted at the bars. Drugs will b drugs

rdb

January 30, 2013 12:35 pm

while its nice to discuss a nameless faceless thing called gangs.
I would like to see more information on the known crimminals that were arressted here in colington.
are they still in jail?
have they been turned loose as predators again?

Carolyn

January 30, 2013 11:10 am

Jeff – exactly! Why is it impossible to have a conversation without some folks being so negative?

Jon

January 30, 2013 11:09 am

Interesting point jim, but if the alternative is a front page crime blotter with no coverage of all of the good stuff in the community, then the long-term effect will be to drive wealthy retirees and even vacationers away. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

By glossing over the seedy underbelly of the OBX, perhaps the newspapers are operating a virtual broken-window-and-graffiti-cleanup program?

Another suggestion

January 30, 2013 10:22 am

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It is time to get tough with these people and send them packing.

Seriously, if the gang members have a problem with ANYTHING that law enforcement does to them…who are they going to complain to?

It is time for Andy and Barney to stop playing dress up and become real cops. It is time to stop with the little check points in hopes of finding an expired inspection sticker and get in the faces of these gang members and give them a ride out of town.

lunchbox

January 30, 2013 9:44 am

the photo in the article is absolutely misleading. that has never happened here and is from something L.A or other major city. There is gang activity everywhere in this and most other countries. Do we have a mafia problem?

What we do have is an overwhelming drug problem. Heroin is everywhere here and as easy to get as a cheesburger at a drive through and not much more expensive. Meth dealers are everywhere. did you know there were some outrageously large meth busts down here in the last 2 years. get your heads out of the sand, the rest of the world knows that we are here now and welcome to the rest of the worlds problems

ekim

January 30, 2013 7:13 am

Some of the comments on this story are so *!#* stupid! I may just be a little dumber now, From having READ THEM!!!!

Gene Hoglan

January 30, 2013 2:46 am

And Another Thing: the drug buyers and the drugs have been here for decades. Ask anyone who’s worked in a restaurant, construction, or commercial fishing. It’s only after a new sheriff is elected that all of a sudden we have “gangs”.

Mr Nice Guy

January 29, 2013 11:19 pm

If police didn’t pull over Moms driving kids to school driving 3 miles over the speed limit maybe locals would respect the police more…..don’t get me going on local high school students being pulled over 3 and 4 times in two weeks yet never being issued a ticket.

KDHgal

January 29, 2013 7:56 pm

AMEN, Jeff!!!!!

It is always sad to read so many negative (mostly unfounded/undeserved) comments about our police officers. But negativity seems to be the mindset of several of the regular commenters.

jim

January 29, 2013 6:13 pm

If there were gangs here, wouldn’t the Sentinel and Times fit in a story about it somewhere between which theater group is putting on a play or who is donating money to a school group?

Vballer

January 29, 2013 5:14 pm

Sry about the typos, iPads guess what your trying to say and change words

Vballer

January 29, 2013 5:13 pm

Drug dealers are predators and should be delt one way, gangs here on the obx dealing drugs is a different animal. Either way I promise this, if they sell or try to sell to my kids, the cops would be the least of their worries. They would never be heald or seen ever again! These “people” are animals and should be treated as such. Those that think that these are just “kids”, think again, and it does matter to me who’s kids they are. The gangs are here, I personally have seen 3 different ones here. Motorcycle gang member, one that I think may have been Russian, and 2 early one morning in the 7-11 in Manteo. Those 2 made me extremely nervous. The way they talked, dressed and treated the store clerk at 4:30am was totally wrong. People, you really really need to pay attention to your surroundings.

Jeff

January 29, 2013 3:43 pm

How can you possibly have a sensible debate with people like Junkman and Tim in the mix?

Common Sense

January 29, 2013 3:15 pm

Yes, make all drugs legal. Let the Government regulate them, tax them, and put gang members out of work. Clearly by making drugs illegal has not worked. Trillions of dollars in drug wars have been spent and all we have to show is steets full of drugs and jails full of non violent criminals due to drug use(Yes, violent criminals need to remain in jail). I say take a different approach. Sell all street drugs now at your local pharamacies or ABC store(for half the price), let people know on the labels how harmful they are for you and the long term effects, use the tax dollars off the drug sales to fund the rehab centers and awareness programs, and regulate the sales and use like alcohol is now. We save money on a wasted “War on Drugs”, we save money by having less people in tax dollar supported prisons, tax revenues are increased through the sales (which this money is being collected by drug dealers in gangs now), and gang members and drug dealers lose thier “livelihoods” overnight. The fact drugs are illegal hasn’t stopped anyone from getting them if they want them. people who doen’t use drugs don’t use them because they can’t find them they don’t use them because they are bad for you. If meth is legal tomorrow and sold at the ABC store I’m not going to rush to the ABC store to become a meth addict. Let’s get real.

junkman

January 29, 2013 3:10 pm

So you asked all the cops if there is a gang problem and …..wow !!!….they said “yes”. What answer did you expect from them ? There’s no money in a “no” answer. Sure there are unsavory elements in every aspect of society…..including the police by the way….and churches……and schools. So lets deal with this a a sane and rational manner. If there are isolated fights, is that a systemic problem ? Probably not. Lets get some real DATA from the cops and make a rational assessment as whether there is a problem. Don’t take their word for it. Its their job to create “problems”. Looking forward to the data.

And Another Thing

January 29, 2013 1:56 pm

The gangs are here because the drug buyers are here. Stop buying drugs. How’s that for a fix? Seriously, parents, get involved with your kids so you know where they are. Strengthen those traditional family values. Report suspicious activity. Cooperate with the police. Don’t treat this as someone else’s problem. Each of us needs to do our share. Elizabeth City tried ignoring the problem. That didn’t work. Pointing fingers won’t work. Stereotyping won’t work. Raising taxes won’t work. Life is hard. People who can’t cope will go to drugs instead of intestinal fortitude. And try a little Jesus – that often works.

obxwahoo

January 29, 2013 12:19 pm

obxkdhlocal… actually, I’m a contractor. I know of what I speak. Perhaps you have never had to fire idiots with their teeth falling out going nuts from meth withdrawl… but I have.

I’m not say ALL of the trades do those specific drugs, but those stereotypes are there for a reason.

outabanx

January 29, 2013 12:17 pm

Most likely just some kids with to much time on their hands and want to act bada$$. They would run screaming to their momma’s if they ever got confronted by a real gang member. Legalizing drugs is not the answer, we already have a nation of addicts just imagine if there were no penalties. Nancy, please don’t show that documentary. This is part of the reason these kids try to emulate these punks because the documentary makes it out to be cool to be in a gang. The kids see this and then want to start acting like thugs. What is needed is better parenting. For common sense, you must not have any if you can’t figure out how to avoid a traffic ticket. Here’s a hint obey the traffic laws!!!

Tim

January 29, 2013 11:07 am

They need to kick some rights out the window and fix this really soon. The cops are use to dealing with tourists and not real criminals and the criminals know it and exploit it. Barney needs to go and we need real police to stop this. Doughthie has not stepped up to the plate yet.

Nancy proctor

January 29, 2013 11:04 am

We will be showing the documentary, crips and Blood, at our third Tues, in march or April. Stay tune for details

Common Sense

January 29, 2013 10:48 am

Chaser, that is so true!

The best way to discourage this behavior is to be a vigilant neighbor. Any time a new renter is unwanted on my street, we run them out of there. The easiest way is to notify the land lord and inform them of the issues. Nine times out of ten the land lord will get them out of there simply to keep the peace, but also to protect their investment property. It is a big upside that renters are a dime a dozen in KDH. The last thing we need is more cops. We have too many already handing out traffic tickets to locals.

obxkdhlocal

January 29, 2013 10:37 am

Wow obxwahoo….profile much? I suppose you are a stand up citizen in what profession? Banking? Oh they NEVER have problems with embezzling. Perhaps you are a teacher, oh wait seems some of those guys have issues with toking the weed occasionally too.
What’s your point? Making drugs legal is going to solve the gang violence? Now, THAT is a real smart solution.

obxwahoo

January 29, 2013 9:56 am

It’s only going to get worse.

When construction picks back up, the drywallers are going to need their meth. Plumbers will need their coke. Framers will need their weed. Painters will need their alcohol… oh wait, that drug is legal.

Make all drugs legal, but publicly shame those who do them, and you’ll end both drugs and gangs on the OBX.

chaser

January 29, 2013 8:09 am

At least half of them are privileged white kids trying to pretend Colington is the ghetto.

Monica Small

January 29, 2013 2:35 am

Are there any other public meetings scheduled? How do I get involved to help with this issue?

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