County, city tackles homeless camps along bosque

Posted at: 03/15/2013 4:08 PM
Updated at: 03/15/2013 10:12 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 

The city of Albquerque and Bernalillo County continue to tackle what they consider one the greatest threats to the bosque - homeless camps.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 went along with them Friday morning during a clean-up. You won't believe what they found just yards from where families and children walk.

Lt. Todd Hudson is doing his job: Ensuring the safety and health of Albuquerque's expansive bosque.

"If my officers are walking in here to patrol, they'll hear us and they duck out the back way - they'll even cross the river so it's hard to catch them," said Hudson.

City and county crews, including low security inmates, started tearing down and cleaning.

Police say these homeless camps are not only illegal, but they pose both fire and health hazards. 

"You can see where they've been cooking methamphetamine and that greatly contributes to the fire hazard," said Hudson.

Many of the ingredients for drugs and drug use were scatterd in the area includcing copper wire and copper casings.

And the evidence of an outdoor restroom just feet from the river. The smell is unbearable.

Regina Corritore enjoys the bosque and knows about the camps/ She said she agrees they shouldn't be there. 

But she also says the people who set up camp there need to be treated with dignity.

"Some of the homeless people here are very nice, they're just good people and they have problems," said Corritore.

Hudson says each case is unique.    

"It runs the gamut from warning to arrests and it depends on the individual we are dealing with," said Hudson.

After just a few hours, Hudson and his crew are done with one camp. Then it's on to the next one, and the one after that.