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Lansing Police Cracking Down on Drugs at CATA Transportation Center

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LANSING, MICH. (WLNS) - Lansing police crack down on drugs downtown, but not everyone is a fan of their method.

A new loitering ordinance is in place to address drug problems at the CATA Transportation Center in downtown Lansing, but some riders say they're worried police will target the wrong people.

"They're being strict and getting all the riff raff out of here," said CATA bus rider Saul Gonzales.

Police say the ordinance temporarily makes it illegal to wait in certain spots near the station, in order to track down drug dealers who loiter in the area.

Those found loitering under the ordinance could face fines up to $500 and 90 days in jail.

But although the ordinance is aimed at stopping drug trafficking, bus riders worry they may get in trouble for waiting for their bus.

"[People] are commuting to work, waiting for their grandmother or waiting for their sister, and then they say ,'oh, you've gotta go,'"said Gonzales.

Zane Matthews says security officers have asked him to move several times while smoking on the sidewalk.

"How do you weed out and know who's the drug dealer and who's just smoking a cigarette waiting around for their bus?"said Matthews.

In a statement CATA said,"
In an effort to help keep our facility and property safe for customers and citizens, and to ensure obstruction-free, uninterrupted passage into and out of the CATA Transportation Center — which generates a tremendous amount of pedestrian traffic and transient travel — the authority installed no-loitering signs in mid-February 2014."

But police say people may be loitering in areas that are not labeled. The ordinance says anyone waiting within a block of the East Kalamazoo and Grand Ave. intersection and the Lenawee and Washington intersection could face loitering charges. \

While some riders say the ordinance is too extreme, police say it is actually very common when it comes to stopping drug related crimes. They say they have about 25 other locations in the city under similar ordinances. 

They also added that they will be giving out warnings before arresting anyone for loitering.

 









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