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Police close four suspected drug houses

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After more than a dozen arrests and nearly two dozen reports of drug activity in the last year, a court has declared four houses nuisances. After more than a dozen arrests and nearly two dozen reports of drug activity in the last year, a court has declared four houses nuisances.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - After more than a dozen arrests and nearly two dozen reports of drug activity in the last year, a court has declared four houses nuisances.

The homes, all in the 1000 block of Kney and near two churches, were ordered closed by a General Sessions Court Thursday after another court had declared the houses nuisances.

"I don't know what kind of individual would set up a drug shop next door to a church," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton during a news conference Friday.

Investigators said an undercover drug operation revealed constant drug and gang activity at the four houses.

"These nuisance closures are indicative of our belief that the citizens of Memphis deserve to live in an environment that is free of the violence and crime associated with drugs and gang activity," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. "We are committed to our quest to give our citizens a safe place to live, work, and play."

Police say between April 2011 and April 2012 there were the following problems at the houses:

  • 18 drug-related arrests
  • 23 drug-related calls for service
  • 5 drug search warrants
  • 15 criminal offense reports
  • Numerous marijuana and crack cocaine seizures

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