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NC police barricade neighborhood to cut crime

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CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina’s largest city have obtained approval from residents to barricade two streets in an effort to combat drive-through drug deals.

The Charlotte Observer reported that about 50 residents from Howie Acres in Charlotte met with police and city leaders Thursday night to discuss the barriers. They had been placed on neighborhood streets earlier this week without residents’ permission. The neighbors agreed to let the city install cement barriers on two streets in September as long as the barriers can be removed if they don’t reduce crime in the area.

Police say drug dealers have taken advantage of the small neighborhood’s easy access to busier roads, turning it into a “drive-through” for drugs. Police say the barriers will cut off escape routes to busier streets.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police in North Carolina’s largest city have obtained approval from residents to barricade two streets in an effort to combat drive-through drug deals.

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