Program evicts drug dealers in neighborhoods | News
MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - The Shelby County District Attorney General wants to make getting rid of drug dealers in neighborhoods as easy as clicking a button. That is why they are promoting a hotline to call for suspicious activity, like strange cars and people coming and going all times of the day and night.
The DA's Drug Dealer Eviction Program coordinates the efforts of Crime Stoppers, the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Neighborhood Watch and realtors and landlords.
It starts by a resident calling the Crime Stoppers Hotline, 901-528-CASH or 528-2274, and reporting the address and observations for the property. A caller does not have to testify in court or serve as a prosecution witness.
The police and sheriff's office will screen the anonymous calls and tips, and then gather evidence through surveillance and search warrants.
That evidence goes to the District Attorney's Office who in turn notifies the landlord requesting the drug dealing tenants be evicted.
If the landlord does not begin the eviction proceedings within five days, then the DA takes over and sends the bill to the landlord for reimbursement.
When there's enough evidence, criminal charges are filed against the drug dealer. Also, whenever a tip leads to eviction or criminal conviction, the caller receives a cash reward.
The Drug Dealer Eviction Program is working. According to a map on the DA's website, dozens of drug dealer related evictions have already taken place in Shelby County.
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