Not Wanted or Needed: Drug Dilemma in College Point

College Point, Queens is a quiet residential neighborhood filled with working class families. That’s why it’s tragic to report there is an epidemic of people constantly buying selling and smoking illegal substances in public parks, near local schools, and in front of and even on private property. People are regularly smoking in front of young children and in places where their influence is not wanted or needed. This is one of the most dangerous issues in College Point, bringing crowds of adults and older teenagers who buy, sell and consume illicit substances and if not stopped it will lead to them influencing the younger kids in our neighborhood and getting them involved in illegal activities.

No police presence but plenty of unlawful behavior

No police presence but plenty of unlawful behavior

Frank Golden Park is one of the main spots where these illegal activities take place and the situation is causing parents to be discouraged about taking their kids to the park. A place that is meant for young children to play in and enjoy is now constantly filled with older teenagers “smoking up” and selling drugs. Maria Kaloudakis, a concerned local resident and mother, laments “this is absolutely ridiculous. I can't even take my kids to the park because there's these people smoking pot in the playground and on the swings.” People smoking in our public parks and in front of children is the most troubling local issue for parents and people in the community.

In conjunction with others’complaints I decided to go see how bad this issue is at Frank Golden. Before I even got to the block where is the entrance to the park, I encountered the reeking aroma of marijuana. At the entrance I witnessed multiple people spread out through the playground and swing sets smoking with no care for their surroundings or where they were. I approached a group and asked them how they never get in trouble conducting themselves in these illegal activities. They simply said there's “no cops ever around here.” This is one reason there is so many of them smoking at the park and the nearby schools. There's no serious police presence.

Wide Open Space, but not widely patrolled by the local police.

Wide Open Space, but not widely patrolled by the local police.

Notably there is a concerned citizen who agrees with me on the simple solution. Yianni Mamoukakis believes this  problem can be easily solved if the community just put a one or two more police cars on patrol near the parks and nearby schools so people get discouraged smoking and selling narcotics. Mamoukakis argues “Until this is done they will continue to … smoke anywhere and everywhere they see fit because they know there's no cops patrolling the area, and there’s point of calling the cops because by the time they get there the kids would've have been done smoking and left the area.” Until there are more police in the general area of College Point, especially where people congregate, this problem will and can not be resolved.

A quiet, family neighborhood is being  quietly terrorized by the use of and sale of illegal drugs. This is affecting all members of the community including parents and especially young children because where these illegal activities are taking place is in areas and environments where young children should find safe haven. Because of this, College Points kids are getting badly influenced, and until it's stopped the people carrying out these activities are possibly destroying the future of College Point’s children.

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