A local woman was arrested after her apartment complex found marijuana growing in her unit.
"I was surprised. I didn't think that happened here,” said ETSU senior Deonte Clark. “I didn’t think it would be so close.”
Clark’s neighbor, 20-year-old Nikki Whitaker was arrested Friday and charged with manufacture, delivery and sale of a Schedule VI controlled substance after property staff at University Edge Student Community found a marijuana grow operation at her Watauga Avenue Apartment in Johnson City.
The police department said the drug bust at the apartment is a prime example of staff and residents working with local law enforcement to get more drugs off the street. "They've been pretty aggressive in helping us combat issues,” said Captain Brian Rice. “Not only are them, but other apartments in the city doing the same thing.”
Since they opened in May 2011, police have been called out to the University Edge apartments a total of 207 times. Of those calls, 75 were loud party, loud music complaints, 14 burglaries, 12 vandalism calls and domestic disturbances. In the first 14 months of operation, about 48 of the calls were for armed robbery alarms, but Rice said almost all of them were false alarms from residents pressing the panic alarms located in the apartment bedrooms.
But as a resident, Clark said he’s still nervous about security. "There is no safety here. There are no cameras. There's nothing what so ever,” he said.
There currently are no security cameras on the property or officers on duty.
Peak Campus Management, LLC, third party manager for the owners of University Edge Student Housing released a statement Monday afternoon and said, “University Edge takes the safety and comfort of our residents very seriously. For any activity that is illegal, we are in full support of the local authorities. While we cannot disclose any information concerning our residents, University Edge does enforce rules and regulations which include compliance with local laws. Residents that are in violation will be addressed by management, and law enforcement if appropriate.”