INDIANAPOLIS – Fed up and armed with a gun, a grandmother is trying to take back her neighborhood from the drug dealers she says ripped it apart.
Jonnie McIntosh gave WXIN her message for any criminals at work near her Haughville, Indiana, block: “It is loaded. Get your drugs and get out of my neighborhood.”
McIntosh said two of those suspected drug dealers threatened to shoot her and her 70-year-old husband over a drug deal on Tuesday.
“He pulled his gun out and when I saw the gun come out, that is when I grabbed my gun,” McIntosh said.
The no-nonsense granny said she grabbed her loaded Glock when the suspects demanded $20 for her grandson’s Spice debt.
“If you are stupid enough to sell it to these kids, you get what you deserve,” McIntosh said.
McIntosh told WXIN that her grandson just overdosed on Spice two weeks ago.
“I do not see what they get out of it," she said. "Who wants to sit there passed out and do not have a clue what is going on around them.”
McIntosh is trying to help him get clean, but said Spice dealers are on every street near her house on N. Berwick.
Spice has been an ongoing issue for police in Indianapolis. Just this month, emergency crews recorded runs to nearly a dozen drug overdoses within a mile of McIntosh’s home.
“Back in my day, it was marijuana and Boones Farm wine. That is all my parents had to worry about. This stuff has bug spray in it and all kinds of chemicals. Whatever they decide to spray on it. Any way that they can get high,” McIntosh said.
Just last year, McIntosh’s pregnant granddaughter, 18-year-old Brittany McNew, was murdered near Haughville.
“She died over a drug deal because a guy decided to rob another guy for heroin and Spice,” said McIntosh.
This grandma is not ready to lose another loved one to the drug trade and said she will do whatever it takes to stop the dealers.
“Get off your lazy rump and get a job. Quit pushing drugs on these kids,” McIntosh said.