Police arrest suspects accused of selling drugs out of public housing

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SALISBURY, N.C. - Salisbury police arrested three people on drug charges at an apartment complex funded by tax dollars to help people in need.

Neighbors were shocked that someone would abuse the system; there is a waiting list of a year and a half to get a unit at the Civic Park Apartments.

The apartments provide subsidized housing for elderly, disabled and low-income families but police suspect unit 14-D may have been used to run a drug operation.

Police arrested the renter, Kayla Jones, Desjuan Clawson and Kyra Robeson-Smith.

"It kind of worries me," said Tiffany Pepper. "It kind of makes you want to move and get away from the area. It kind of makes you want to run the other direction."

Inside the home, officers say they found Ecstasy, marijuana, crack cocaine and digital scales in the kitchen drawer.
"That's a bad example for everyone around and it's dangerous too," Betty Wilson said.

There are strict rules because it's public housing. Drugs are not allowed on the property.

Along with criminal charges, the housing authority said Jones will be evicted.

"She needs to be out," Wilson said. "Why stay there? It's not good when the (young people) are around either when they are around."

Jones was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Clawson was charged with trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute.

Both are out of jail.

Robeson-Smith was charged with drug possession.