A GROUP of concerned neighbours say they’re sick of living next door to a drug dealer and want real estate agents to be more discerning when selecting tenants.
A spokesman for the group told the Central Western Daily he and his neighbours lived in fear of the tenant who they believe deals in large quantities of illegal drugs on a daily basis.
The man said a routine inspection by the real estate agent managing the property, located only two blocks away from a school, should have been enough to have the man evicted.
“I don’t know why we should be forced to put up with this just so the real estate agent can collect the rent,” he said.
“He’s the main source of crime in this neighbourhood and he thinks he’s invincible and no one’s going to do anything.”
The man said while the neighbours meet regularly to discuss the dealer’s activities they’re too scared to contact police.
“My mother’s not safe walking up the street in this neighbourhood, and no one else is either,” he said.
“We’re living in the amphetamine age, we’re not living in the Stone Age any more.
“We’re now in an environment where people are getting their heads caved in over a $10 debt.”
Canobolas Local Area Command Inspector Peter Atkins said people who suspect one of their neighbours is dealing in drugs should contact police.
“They can contact their local police station or call Crime Stoppers,” he said.
“They’re also able to provide the information anonymously.”
Inspector Atkins said Orange had a target action group conducting covert investigations throughout the city and the unit may already be aware of the man’s activities.