'The dope man is out of business,' Oklahoma PD posts message to visitors of home

Police Leave Unique Sign at Suspect's Home
Police Leave Unique Sign at Suspect's Home

WARR ACRES, Okla. (KFOR) – Warr Acres Police say they want citizens to know that they are cracking down on drug use in their town.

Officers arrested a Warr Acres resident Friday for allegedly running a drug house.

Even though the alleged drug dealer was already off the streets, police said they wanted their presence to be felt by his customers -- so they decided to use a different technique to get their point across.

The department's message came in the form of a note that read, "The dope man is out of business. If you have any questions contact Warr Acres Police," followed by the department's phone number.

Sergeant John Gray with Warr Acres Police said it was meant to warn his customers.

"We take it very seriously, we didn't mean it as a joke, but we did mean it as a message," Gray said.

Warr Acres Police say they're cleaning up the streets, and this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated in their community.

"We wanted the citizens to know that we're doing everything we can to make their neighborhood safer for them and for their children," Gray said.

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"I think it's a great idea! Anything they can do to deter drugs in our neighborhood, I'm all for it," Warr Acres resident, Kim Dahlberg said.

"If we have information that there's narcotics activity within our city limits, we will do everything we can to shut them down," Gray said.

However, the department has not decided if houses with suspected drug activity will continue to be publicly marked.

"I don't know. We'll just kinda take it case-by-case and see how it goes. We don't know, but we are definitely going to continue to send a message out to our citizens that we're out here and were looking at them," Gray said.

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