Authorities Promise Crackdown on Brooklyn Methadone Clinics

 	This Clinton Hill building houses a methadone clinic where addicts have been put on notice to stop selling drugs or get kicked out.

Authorities are targeting two Brooklyn methadone clinics where addicts hustle drugs on the street after treatment.

Patients at the two centers in Crown Heights and Clinton Hill will face a three-strike rule if caught selling or buying drugs, officials said.

“It’s not just meth…They sell, they congregate,” and sell other things too,” said City Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Fort Greene), who called on District Attorney Charles Hynes to crack down on drug dealing in the area.

James charged addicts from the two clinics – Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation’s clinic on Fulton Street and Interfaith Medical Center’s methadone treatment program at 882 Bergen Street in Crown Heights – are part of a larger problem on Fulton Street where drugs are sold openly.

She teamed up with Hynes and “we met here on several occasions to come up with a good neighbor policy.”

Hynes, hoping a three-strike rule will deter addicts, said the “key to public safety is to stop recidivism…”None of us will tolerate that kind of conduct.”

Residents said the clinics attracts a dangerous crowd.

“When they let out, it’s a whole flow of people carrying on,” said life long Clinton-Hill resident Brian McCullouk, 24, waiting for the bus near one of the targeted clinics at 937 Futlon Street. “It’s a hassle.”

Five years ago, residents first complained to James that Fulton Street was becoming a “drug bazaar” with a lot of the dealers hanging around the Clinton-Washington C-train subway station, she said.

Parents in Clinton-Hill were happy to hear about the crackdown.

“We have children out walking these streets,” said Veronica Cranston, 32, pushing a stroller holding her three-year-old daughter’s hand. “It’s good they are doing this.”

Mom Sierra Young, 24, said she left Harlem two-months-ago for Clinton-Hill and plans on moving back to Manhattan.

“There are a lot of daytime robberies,” said Young walking with her 17-month-old son and two-year-old daughter. “It’s unsafe.”

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