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Neighbors react to meth bust on quiet, residential street

Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 7:07pm

An investigation into a possible stolen car leads to a meth bust and the arrest of six people on Willis Drive in Longview, a typical residential street that resident Mike Walters says is lined with trees and happy families.

"It's a quiet neighborhood, a short street.. everybody knows everybody."

So last fall, when new tenants moved into 1915 Willis Drive, across from Mike Walters and Christina Little, they say it didn't take long to realize there was something suspicious about their new neighbors.

"We've seen many many and out and an exchange happening on the front porch..just outside. I mean there was no doubt in our mind we were like there is absolutely drugs going on across the street."

Little says the constant flow of traffic at the house at all hours of the night and morning made her feel uncomfortable to let her children play in their own front yard.

"We're always backyard. I never even let them go on the front porch without me."

Early Saturday morning, Longview Police were investigating a report of a stolen car at the residence. Longview Police Department PIO Kristie Brian says they found the car..and much more.

"All six of them were arrested for manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance..which is a felony one due to the large amount."

Police say they found syringes, rolling papers and over 200 grams of crystal meth.

Stephen Cannada, Lacie Dorgan, Carl Gearhart, Gerri Holt, Brandi McAlister and Leland Smith were arrested and jailed on felony drug charges.

Police have been called to the residence 13 other times and Walters and Little say they're fed up with the homeowner not evicting the tenants or taking any action.

"We're a little upset with the homeowner for not putting her foot down a little..or something. Six people that were in there the other morning arrested..we don't know the people..we don't know the situation..but the homeowner should know who's in their house."


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