HOUSTON - A day after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talked about the crackdown on Kush in our city, KHOU talked to people around town who feel things have not improved in their neighborhoods.
Mayor Turner said law enforcement so far has taken $2.5M in Kush and cash during an undercover sting called Operation Coco Loco. On the streets, it’s a substance abuse epidemic and it’s one businesses, like Double Trouble in Midtown, see right outside their windows.
“I’m making my coffee and I look out my window just to check out the neighborhood and there’s always someone on their back,” said a Midtown resident. “In my small sphere in midtown it’s definitely daily.”
He’s lived in midtown for 15 years and he’s worried it’s the new norm.
Mayor Turner says he knows it’s still a problem, and it’s a complicated one, given the substance abuse factor in this widespread problem.
“The reality is as we clean up in one area then people are moving to another. And that’s going to continue to be the case. But our approach is dynamic enough that we will move to where the problem is.”
Hospitals and first responders are overwhelmed with the number of synthetic marijuana cases, pushing community leaders to get the message out. Monday, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson spoke at a press conference announcing the large Kush bust.
“You need to stop. This is not marijuana. Every batch is different. It’s like playing Russian roulette. Your next smoke could be your last,” said Anderson.
For now, local businesses like Double Trouble and residents will see the problem firsthand.
“Everyone is noticing it. I talked to the tenants that are in my building and for sure all of us notice it.”