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Monday, July 17, 2006

Abbeville Drug Loitering Ordinance Enforcement


You could be arrested just for hanging around certain people, vehicles and neighborhoods in one Acadiana town.

It's part of a new plan to make Abbeville streets safer.

One by one, Abbeville police made arrests during a Saturday night drug raid, but most of the charges weren't for possession.

Instead, they were for drug loitering..

It's a charge allowed by a new city ordinance.

Chief Rick Coleman says this is not about arresting people, it is about public safely and making the public feel that they can go to the store in the middle of the night and get a coke and a gallon of milk without thinking they'll be harassed on the corner.

The ordinance makes it a misdemeanor to be caught hanging around a person, vehicle or an area that's known for drug activity.


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