BCSO: Drug houses can look like regular houses

Sheriff's Office gives tips on what to look for

SAN ANTONIO - Drugs continue to be an issue in nearly every neighborhood in San Antonio, only it may not be easy to recognize.

Dope houses along city streets could look like any other house, according to law enforcement.

Drug houses masquerading as regular houses is the situation Sheriff's deputies dealt with in Januarty, when they raided a non-descript west side home. 

Its tenant, Albert Garcia, was selling large amounts of drugs right outside his front door, officials said.

"I remember seeing a van drive up and watching them crash the door open and arrest people in there," said Claude Tomlin, a neighbor who lives nearby.

Suspicious activity at the house had him wary for a while.

"We get traffic all the time up and down here and it makes you wonder if more people are selling drugs on the street," Tomlin said.

Lt. Darrell Sanders said suspicions like those are common place at crime scenes he goes to.

"The neighbors will come out and talk to us and they say they know something was going on," said Sanders. "And our reaction is, 'Why didn't you call?'"

But noticing something in your neighborhood might be easier than you think. 

Do you see a lot of comings and goings? 

Maybe you're seeing people you don't recognize? 

In the end, deputies said it comes down to intuition.

"If you, as the neighbor, have a gut feeling that something is not right about this house, or this person, then we'll check it out," said Sanders.

But they can only check if people speak up. 

Call the BCSO tip line at 210-335-8477 and remember, if you don't leave your name, the call is truly confidential. 

When calling, provide as much information as you can, including dates and times of suspicious activity, license plate numbers, or vehicle descriptions.

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