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La Mesa neighborhood pleads for help against suspected 'drug houses'

Residents say crime is on the rise
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Posted at 8:40 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 12:05:30-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - People who live on Louisa Drive in La Mesa say they're living in fear every day because of a rise in crime connected to two homes they suspect are drug houses.

The residents are asking the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to increase patrols in their neighborhood and do more to enforce the law at those homes.

"I have kids, and it's just not a safe place anymore," said one resident, who asked to remain anonymous because that person fears retaliation from neighbors. "You never know what's going to happen."

According to one sergeant from the Rancho San Diego sheriff's substation, there are two homes on Louisa Drive that have people living in them with a criminal history. Right now, deputies are investigating those homes to see if any criminal activity is going on.

The sergeant says there are other homes around the corner from Louisa Drive that are also under investigation.

A search of shows seven reported crimes in the last six months on Louisa Drive, most of them drug-related. Last January, 10News reported on one woman on the street who woke up to a pair of strange men standing in her bedroom.

"The concept of someone in your house while you're sleeping, it's startling," said her daughter, who also found her room ransacked.

Neighbors also complain of people passed out in the street, walking through their yards at all hours of the day and night, and leaving garbage in their yards.

The sheriff's department says people can file requests for extra patrol at certain hours. They try to accommodate those requests depending on staffing levels and other, more urgent calls. They also say that people who live in the neighborhood should call 911 every time they see something.