Residents Complain of “Zombie” Invasion, Neighborhood Plagued with Meth Related Crime
REGIONAL – Nestled between The Heather and the Avis Oaks Subdivision is an area known as North Weeki Wachee. Residents who live in the sparsely populated community have become accustomed to the drugs, violence, and property crimes that plague their neighborhood, and they are beginning to lose hope that things will change.
RNRF randomly chose a less than two mile stretch of roadway that runs through North Weeki Wachee and discovered an astounding 68 law enforcement responses in just one year. On Indian Trail Road there were 8 crimes involving drugs and violence and 16 property and miscellaneous crime reports. In the same year, Lake Drive residents reported a total of 44 calls to law enforcement, with 24 of those reports related to drugs and violence. And that doesn’t include a dozen other roadways that makes up North Weeki Wachee.Just two days ago, sheriff’s deputies responded to 8030 Indian Trail Road after sources say a 44-year-old woman died from an apparent methamphetamine overdose. Officials have not released the identity of the victim, due to an ongoing investigation into the cause of her death.
Residents have taken to social media to voice their frustrations over the growing problem. Tim Wood recently posted on the RNRF Community Facebook page “So this is what I call “Meth Villas” because of all the meth heads that stay in a RV in the back yard at 8030 Indian Trail.” Tim refers to the meth users as “Zombies” and questions when the owners of that residence are going to force drug users off the property.
A frustrated Ron Levesque says “Last time I reported the sheriff deputy showed up as I waited around to point out the problem and the deputy pointed me as the problem…. At this point I could be witness to a stabbing and I’m gonna just keep walking…” Ron’s sentiments were echoed by residents who live in the area but law enforcement officers say their hands are tied. Several deputies I spoke to said the Fourth Amendment prevents them from just “kicking down doors and making arrests.” The Constitution protects citizens from illegal search and seizure and the right to privacy within their homes. Without probable cause, law enforcement can do nothing.
Maryjane Davis says, “Until the laws provide real help, such as counseling, on-going therapy, not useless jail time… nothing is going to change.”
During a tour of the neighborhood, It didn’t take long for us to realize just how bad the meth problem is in North Weeki Wachee, after we were stopped in the roadway by a man who was clearly under the influence, asking “why are you driving around.” Wood’s description of meth users wasn’t far from the truth, as several other men began to approach our vehicle like a scene out of The Walking Dead.
Experts say prolonged methamphetamine use can lead to severe health risks and obvious deformities. Facial Masculature is a condition that causes the user’s face to appear skeletal after the body begins to consume its own muscle and facial fat. Tooth decay and advanced aging are also signs of heavy meth use. Meth induced psychosis can cause the user to lose touch with reality, experience delusions, and hallucinate.
The images below were not taken from a Hollywood horror film, they are a sad but true representation of what methamphetamine does to the user’s body.
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