DENVER -- Denver police have issued 15 citations during the first week of an initiative to curb drug use in city parks and along the Cherry Creek Trail. The citations result in a suspension of drug users and violators for a 90 day period.
"I think it's great that they're trying to enforce it, making this area safer," said Kevin Ilaoa, a regular on the trail.
The city announced a temporary six-month directive aimed at stepping up enforcement along the trail. Denver Parks and Recreation officials said it has become, "a hub for drug sales and use."
This year the city had collected 3,500 needles along the trail and from parks throughout the city, including needle deposit boxes.
Regulars on the trail have noticed a more visible police presence.
"Sometimes they've been on bikes or motorcycles or even driving down the trail," said Mladen Gajic, who rides the trail to work.
Anyone who violates the suspension will face a fine up to $999 and up to a year in jail.
Parks and Rec have also added more rangers and hired a private contractor to help with cleanup efforts.