Houses in Detriot raided twice for drugs may be seized and aucti - FOX 13 News

Houses in Detriot raided twice for drugs may be seized and auctioned

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) - City leaders say they have stepped up their fight against blight and crime by sending a message to every owner of a house in Detroit that is being used for illegal drug activity: Clean up your act or the city will move to seize your property.

Making the announcement were Mayor Mike Duggan, Council President Brenda Jones and Councilman Andre Spivey, Police Chief James Craig and Land Bank Legal Counsel Kevin Simowski.

PLAY THE VIDEO TO GET A FULL REPORT FROM FOX 2'S RANDY WIMBLEY.>>

The officials said starting this week, DPD will be sharing with the Detroit Land Bank, the addresses of houses where drug raids have occurred. Once the identity of the owner has been verified, the Land Bank will send them a notice via certified mail letting them know if police find drug activity at the house a second time, the Land Bank will file a nuisance lawsuit and seek to have a judge award title of the house to the Land Bank.

Once the city's land bank takes title to a drug house, Mayor Duggan said it will be added to the inventory of homes being auctioned at BuildingDetroit.org.

"Neighbors have put up with the endless cycle of drug raids at the same houses for too long and watched their communities decline as a result," Mayor Duggan said. "The only effective way to end this cycle is to get these properties into the hands of new owners who will not allow this to happen anymore."

The program is based on an identical one Mayor Duggan created and ran while he was Wayne County prosecutor, which he vowed during his campaign to resurrect as Mayor.

Neighbors in the area surrounding the drug house also will be sent a postcard alerting them to which house was raided. The card also asks neighbors for their help in keeping the drug activity shut down by reporting suspected illegal activity the city's hotline at 313-224-DOPE.

"
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:49:30 GMT
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
  • Council considering land deal for US-Canada bridge

    Council considering land deal for US-Canada bridge

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:48:33 GMT
    The Detroit City Council is considering the transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.
    The Detroit City Council is considering the transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.
  • Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:56 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices