BAKER, La (NBC33) — Ronald Stott has lived in the City of Baker for about 40 years. “This is a very nice community over here. It’s very quiet,” he says.
Recently, Stott has started to notice an increase in crime in his own neighborhood. “There was a shooting right down the street a few weeks ago. It’s not like it used to be,” he explains.
Still, he was surprised to learn that his neighbors, just one road over, were thought to be selling drugs.
“I don’t like it,” Stott says. “This is a nice little community. You wouldn’t expect it here, but I guess it’s just all over now. It’s just getting worse and worse.”
Eric George, 20, and his father, Reginald George, 49, were arrested Friday morning for allegedly selling marijuana, possessing a stolen gun, and having drugs around children in a school zone among other things.
Police obtained an arrest warrant and showed up at their house on Cypress Street early in the morning.
“These guys have no regard for the law,” says Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps, “They have a lengthy criminal history.”
Knaps says Eric George is part of a local gang called the “Zoo Boyz.” He also says Reginald was on parole at the time of the arrest.
“Hopefully, this time they'll get locked away for a long time,” Knaps says.
The arrests come just one day after police busted a couple for allegedly making meth in their trailer right down the road.
The chief says he’s not going to put up with crime in his city.
“We don't care if you're a nickel or dime street corner or if you're a big timer. We don't have a place for you anywhere in our city. We're going to hunt you down and lock you up, like we did with this father and son team! “
It’s that sort of crack down that keeps residents, like Stott, feeling safe. “We have a great police chief here, and his crew is great. They patrol the area quite often.”
Chief Knaps says that’s the goal, refusing to rest until they’ve got every bad guy off the streets.
“Everyone's working on keeping things quiet here, and sometimes one slips through the cracks, but eventually we're going to get them.”