Drug trafficking, prostitution, assault : the users of a piquerie of the rue Sainte-Catherine make life hell for residents of the montreal neighborhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
“It is madness, it’s violent, it’s disturbing. It has been five months that it is unliveable, we do not sleep any more “, complains François (not her real name), a neighbor of the building located at 3157, rue Sainte-Catherine East, who preferred to conceal his name for fear of reprisals.
Every day, he and his partner are witness to fights between the junkies, who can finish at the weapon.
The officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) are often called on to intervene.
July 13, Marc-André Labelle, another neighbor installed for about a year in front of the 3157, had to intervene after hearing the cries of a woman. After you have called the emergency, he visited the site.
“I saw a dozen people out of the building with power. I went there with my baseball bat to see if the woman I heard was correct “, he says looking back on the disturbing images that he captured with his phone.
The woman was transported by ambulance to the hospital, but it is not known what happened to her.
Impossible to sleep
Francis and his neighbors also attend very many comings-and-goings of drug users during the day, and are every day used condoms and syringes.
Between the “badtrips ” and the screams of the users, they are woken up in the middle of the night almost daily.
“Our children are afraid to get out of the car, the apartment. Me I lose my head because I don’t feel safe, ” said the father of the family.
Exasperated by the situation, Mr. Labelle, please contact the police ” for up to six or seven times per day.
Fearing for his safety and that of his neighbors, he installed the cameras after his move-in.
On images viewed by The Journal, one can see at least one attack weapon and acts of vandalism to vehicles parked in the street.
Despite numerous complaints and visits by police, nothing seems to change.
The SPVM supports to be ” aware of the problem “.
“There are efforts underway with the City, the owner as well as the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal “, specified a spokesman, by e-mail.
If the situation does not improve quickly, Francis and his family think when you leave the apartment they rent.
For his part, Mr. Labelle also reflects on selling his condo for the move.
The office of mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has not responded to requests for interviews.
The building is owned by a numbered company whose sole shareholder is Paul Nassar, president of Hart stores. It has not responded to our interview request.