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Neighborhood Kids & Drugs


Neighborhood Kids & Drugs

By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO -If you have kids in your life, this is a story you need to pay attention to.

We've told you about the arrest of 19-year-old Bernard Richards, accused of gunning down 17-year-old Jacob Bowers behind a Cape Girardeau business last week.

Now, we're learning this crime has investigators tracking down teenagers using, and dealing drugs.

Officers say most street level drug dealers these days are teenagers, so your child could easily get their hands on drugs.

Now, after last week's drug related shooting, some parents say they'll do whatever it takes to keep their kids from getting into any risky business.

"The everyday person doesn't think in the city of Cape Girardeau we have a culture where people buy and sell drugs," Sgt. Barry Hovis with Cape PD says.

Still, police say it happens everyday in many neighborhoods, in Cape and other towns.

Parents like Audra Willis say last Wednesday's deadly shooting brought home that ugly reality.

"When I see stuff going on I'll be like you stay away from that don't go over there, I don't care if you see your friends over there," Willis says.

Officers say that's smart.

"People who are doing drugs are prone to carrying weapons to defend themselves or to enforce their territory," Hovis explains.

"It's a business more and more young people are involved in," Cape County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle points out.

In fact, Swingle asked a judge to raise Richards' bond to $1,000,000 because he posed such a big threat to other witnesses.

"This witness also said I've seen him with $ 23,000 cash in his hands which he said was a pittance to what he could have access to and he said I've seen him with all types of weapons," Swingle says.

Audra Willis lives across from a home drug investigators raided last summer.

Now she's glad she never waivered when it came to teaching her teen to stay away from the dangers on the streets.

"When seven o'clock comes she has to be in the house we have family talks," Willis says.

She adds, "You might say I'm an overprotective parent but it's my job if I don't protect my child who will?"

Drug investigators say keep an eye out for increased traffic in your neighborhood, where strangers make sudden stops.

Officers say if you have suspicions someone is using or dealing drugs let police know.

You can stay anonymous and the problem may soon be fixed.

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