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Four suspected drug houses shut down by police

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Four suspected drug houses were put out of business Monday, as police acted on what they said was a four month long investigation.

The houses, which were declared public nuisances, were closed by the District Attorney's office and Memphis Police Department in an action dubbed Operation: Street Sweep XXI.

"The fact is that drug dealers are the parasites of our community, and we're gonna go after them street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood," Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said.

Police said crack, heroin, and even sex were sold in the filthy houses.  In one home, toured by Action News 5, there were no frills - not even furniture - and police said the bathroom was used to deal drugs.

"They'll sell to anybody," Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said.
 
One of the houses that was closed sait right next door to the Orange Mound Development Corporation.  Executive Director Michael Saine said he could recall lot of traffic at the house, including children.

"There had been several small children over there and they weren't supervised as well as they should have been," Saine said.

"We're trying to revitalize the community," he added, "trying to make it a community of choice."

There have been more than a hundred nuisance closures since a more aggressive campaign began.  The next step is to hold the property owners accountable in court, and perhaps even demolish the houses.


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