February 13, 2019 6:05 pm

Safe Communities and Neighbourhoods unit boards up Lethbridge drug house

A home in North Lethbridge is boarded up after reported drug activity

Kyle Benning

Alberta sheriffs and the Lethbridge Police Service have boarded up another drug house in Lethbridge.

The Safe Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit closed the house on 15th Street North at noon Wednesday.

It’s alleged the house has been a hub for drug activity, with police executing search warrants last August and December that resulted in the seizure of drugs, weapons, stolen ID and property.

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Officials called the bust an extensive collaboration between community members and police. SCAN said eight complainants in the neighbourhood made complaints of drug activity in the area, with traffic coming in and out at all hours of the day and night, stolen vehicles showing up and people both using and buying drugs.

Insp. Mike Letourneau​ with SCAN said the conditions in the home were very poor.

“It’s arguably one of the worst that we’ve seen,” Letourneau said. “There are hundreds of used needles in this property; it is filthy. An example of this is blood-stained walls with a target drawn on the wall where they are using it as a dart board with used syringes.”

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The owner, who doesn’t live at the house, was warned after the first bust, but police said the illegal activity continued.
The house will be locked down for 90 days, but a community safety order is in place for a year, giving SCAN the authority to monitor the property until next February.

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