HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSA) – Residents of a Huntington Beach community said they were tired of a problem home in their neighborhood, especially after what a woman found this week.
Neighbors said pills were found directly opposite Peterson Elementary School and police have now said they have opened a narcotics investigation into the situation.
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“It’s one of the pills I’ve seen,” said a neighbor who didn’t want her identity revealed on camera for fear of her safety.
She said she was walking her dog on Tuesday morning when he alerted her to pills strewn near the sidewalk.
“My dog kinda tugged at me and it just caught my attention and I looked up and saw what looked like little blue candies scattered in the grass,” she said.
A quick search online led her to believe the pills could be something as serious as fentanyl. The pills were found right in front of the elementary school.
“We are literally across the street from a school where children from both sides of the street walk twice a day to and from school,” the owner said.
She quickly alerted the police and the school.
Peterson Elementary officials sent out a letter urging parents to exercise caution around school sidewalks.
“I’m freaking out for sure,” said the mother of a boy caring for Peterson, “and I’m definitely going to make sure he doesn’t pick anything up.”
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“Kids, pets, small capsules, colors, whatever. It goes from hand to mouth,” another man said.
Huntington Beach police recovered the pills from a house across the street from the school, but cannot yet confirm what they are.
“We don’t know if these pills are fentanyl at this time. It’s concerning. So we’re taking this matter very seriously,” an HBPD official said.
Video recorded by a neighbor shows the moment they believe a man dropped the pills, but it’s not the first time worried residents have found what they believe to be drug tools in front of what they say to be a problem at home.
Another video shows people coming and going from the house at all hours of the night.
“It’s normal that we find, basically like packets of tinfoil burnt like this on the street,” said the owner, who added that she was relieved that the police intervened this time because the residents are doing faced with this for years.
“When does this end? What can we do as a community – it sounds a bit cliché – but to take back our community and make it safe? ” she said.
Many people from the community came to the neighborhood watch meeting to complain about the alleged drug house.
As for the police, they are asking people to come forward and provide information so they can be added to the investigation.
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