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2 Memphis homes closed as nuisance to neighborhood

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Multi-Agency Gang Unit closed two Memphis homes following thousands of reports of criminal activity.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said neighbors came up to officers Wednesday morning and thanked them for closing the homes. The neighbors said closing those homes will help make their neighborhood a safer and better place to live.

The two homes are located on Seattle Street near Lamar Avenue. Weirich said investigators it received more than 3,000 complaints concerning criminal activity in the area.

"You name a drug, you were able to get it here," Weirich said. She also said people were able to get "any type of instrument you needed to ruin this neighborhood" at the houses.

Weirich pointed out something even more disturbing about the crimes at the houses: the houses are within earshot of three schools.

Memphis Police Department launched an undercover investigation to get Environmental Court to declare the properties a public nuisance.

"Lot of man hours, coordination with the D.A.'s office, Judge Potter's [Environmental] court," MPD Director Mike Rallings said.

The owners of the houses are not facing criminal charges, just a nuisance complaint. That means they will have to appear in court Monday to convince Judge Potter why their homes should not be permanently closed.

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