Jubilee Action Group disappointed with Police Minister’s response to alleged ‘drug house’

Jubilee Action Group disappointed with Police Minister’s response to alleged ‘drug house’

JUBILEE Action Group gathered at Parliament yesterday to seek answers about an alleged “drug house” in Eden Hill.

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly asked Police Minister Liza Harvey about the timeframe of when police would stop the syringe issue at Jubilee Reserve.

Mrs Harvey said in Parliament people in a particular house were selling and using drugs and it took time to stop such operations.

“(Council) rangers, police and the community have been working together to ensure that in the morning they can be removing hazards from that park,” she said.

“It often can take anywhere between eight months and two years for police to work with charging these offenders and bringing offenders to justice.”

Mrs Harvey said police needed assistance from the community to execute search warrants and bring offenders in the house before the courts.

“These dealers are very, very proficient at getting rid of evidence when they know that police are paying attention to them,” she said.

Mr Kelly said he was “disappointed” with the Police Minister’s response.

“Despite acknowledging that the location of the drug house is well known she said it could take up to two years to close it down because the dealers are very ‘proficient’ at what they do,” he said.

“This week the Government went to court to evict a 77-year-old pensioner because they said his home is untidy yet they cannot evict tenants who they know are selling drugs and terrorising a community.”

He said the action group’s campaign to “reclaim” Jubilee Reserve would continue.