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

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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.

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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.

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