Let's take as an example a recent case in the Town of Norwood, MA. The Norwood Police Department executed a search warrant at a local residence in South Norwood. As a result they recovered a large quantity of drugs and cash (a common indication of drug distribution). In order to have been issued that search warrant the police would have had to establish Probable Cause: clearly defined evidence that drugs were present or that the occupant was dealing drugs. No judge, at least in Norfolk County, would issue a search warrant without it. I do not know the particulars of the evidence the police had, but my impression it was a lot of good, solid police work.
There are two ways to look at a situation of a drug arrest in your neighborhood like the example given above: One, the police are proactively seeking out and arresting drug dealers, which is great; or two, drug dealing exists in my neighborhood which is not so good. It should be noted that there are two types of drug dealing: Discreet and Indiscreet. If I, as a neighbor, am learning that drugs exist in my community by news outlets, word of mouth or by the police themselves, you have a clear case of Discreet drug dealing...This is good. The dealers are going out of their way to hide it from both the neighbors and the police. What you should be concerned with is when drugs are being either used or sold indiscreetly, meaning out in the open. Whats worse, is when indiscreet drug dealing is going on and not being checked on by the police. Two things should happen at this point, either pack up your bags, or get on the phone with your elected officials and tell them this is not tolerated in your neighborhood. This is not the case in South Norwood. Police know this type of dealing is going on and are doing something about it! For an assessment of your neighborhood, or to guard your home with Proactive Protection call Suburban Security.