Tulsa Police send message to criminals in the 31st and Memorial "hotel triangle"

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 11/27/2013 12:16 am Published: 11/27/2013 12:06 am

Drug deals in the parking lots. Meth labs in the rooms.

Tulsa Police tell FOX23 that's what they're finding at hotels near 31st Street and Memorial Drive.

They call it the "hotel triangle," and for Tulsa police officers in the Mingo Valley Division, it means one thing.


"We have seen a lot of people with Tulsa addresses staying there and bouncing from one hotel to another and from room to room for an extended period of time," Officer Demetrios Treantafeles said.

Police tell FOX23 those people are up to no good.

"Drug trade brings many other types of crime to the area," Treantafeles said.

FOX23 dug up the statistics -- more than 100 high-priority or serious calls in only four months.

"Burglaries, auto thefts, prostitution complaints, all the way up to armed robberies and shootings," Treantafeles added.

Police say all of the reports are coming from about the same 20 places.

"We're not only writing reports in the same places, but we are responding to the same places and making multiple arrests in the same places," Treantafeles said.

That's why the Mingo Valley Division officers are making it their priority to cut criminal acts.

"If we have to go write a report, we go park in that area," Officer Billy White told FOX23.

We've also learned police are cracking down on drunk drivers in the area.

They will have a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of 31st Street and Memorial Drive this Saturday at 10 p.m.

They say they will choose cars to pull over at random.

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Unwashed Mass - 11/29/2013 11:31 AM
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Fear-mongering. FOX23 should do some actual research into those numbers and not just rely on police handouts.

karlschneider - 11/28/2013 12:18 PM
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"Burglaries, auto thefts, prostitution complaints, all the way up to armed robberies and shootings," Treantafeles added. So they announce the location of a future DUI checkpoint. Absolutely brilliant. When did the TPD quit hiring people with functioning brains?

MrRogersPlace - 11/28/2013 9:22 AM
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Yeah, well when you're not busy there, officers, how about sliding down a few blocks to 31st and Garnett. At my apartment complex you have people living 5-10 per apartment including kids. Only one name on a lease but lots of cars and traffic all hours of the night. THE DRUGS ARE HERE TOO! And the drive thrus for drugs is unreal. When you have been called in the past, it takes you so long to get her the deal is done and the people hide like roaches with a light on.

Unwashed Mass - 11/27/2013 12:52 PM
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"That's why the Mingo Valley Division officers are making it their priority to cut criminal acts" ...flakey.

Unwashed Mass - 11/27/2013 12:49 PM
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It's the U.S. Supreme court that decided police need to publicize roadblocks. As for the roadblocks themselves, they will stop when the grant money that pays the officers overtime runs out. Oh and yes, grants have quotas; the cops dont get the cash if they fall short of the grantee's expectations.

Gregg777 - 11/27/2013 9:00 AM
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Nice job Sara, did you ever think about leaving the time and location of the check point out of your story? How often do you see TPD announce the date, time and location of their DUI checkpoints to the general public? (Rhetorical question of course). If the officer disclosed that info to you, Im sure he assumed that common sense would tell you that its not something you should put in your story.

RADD02 - 11/27/2013 7:08 AM
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I find that it is good news that the law enforcement community is monitoring the situation in this area. The effectiveness of having a " checkpoint" will be limited by the fact that they have announced its location/time to the public. Would it not be better to " randomly " set up a check point?
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