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Drug House Abatement Programs
Drug house abatement programs

Drug dealers often operate from indoor locations. They work out of their own homes or apartments or take over an entire building in a public housing development. In other instances, they occupy one of the many abandoned buildings in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods. Sometimes, the locations become sites for both drug sales and use: “Crack houses” and “shooting galleries” are locations where drugs can be bought and used on the premises.

Anyone who tries to keep dealers from using these locations—including neighbors who complain about the street disorder and crime associated with the drug trade or landowners who complain about drug dealers and customers on their properties—may become targets of threats or retaliation. Police may be called on to curtail ...

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