WILMINGTON -- It's been called a den of criminal activity. Two men were arrested on drug-related charges Sunday afternoon from a Wilmington home police know well. It's part of a new crime-fighting philosophy from the Wilmington Police Department called geographical-based policing. One-eleven Montgomery Street in Wilmington has been a problem in the community for years. Since 1999 more than 200 complaints -- ranging from loud music to domestic disputes -- have been called in to police. The WPD performed what they call a knock and talk to try to clean up the neighborhood. Sgt. Curt Stansbury said, "Just today knocking on the door we've got possession of cocaine, we have possession of drug paraphernalia charges that are stemming from this knock and talk." Two men, Lawrence Handsley and James Jacob Grady were arrested on drug-related charges. Wilmington Police officers say houses like this are poisons to the community. "There are lots of children in this neighborhood. This brings some of the worst people in society to their houses," Sgt. Stansbury said. Cops say with the drugs come guns, which often end up in the hands of neighborhood teenagers. "These are definitely not role models in our society. These houses are terrible and they need to be cleaned up," Sgt. Stansbury said. The new geographical-based policing program is working to shut down operations like this one down. But the task isn't easy. Sgt. Stansbury said, "It's challenging, it's difficult to clean these houses up you have to have cooperation from the neighborhood." The geographical policing program has proven effective in the past. The department hopes bringing it back will yield the same results or better going forward.
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