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The Clarksburg Police Department announces the enforcement of their 14th abatement under the City’s Crime Free Rental Housing Ordinance Article 1767, “Drug House” Ordinance. The location of the abatement issued was 215 Ohio Avenue. The Clarksburg Police Department has determined that illegal possession, delivery, storage, or trafficking of controlled substance or other drug activities were occurring at this residence.
Police Chief Robert Hilliard issued an abatement order and citation to Carrie Higgins property owner of 215 Ohio Avenue due to confirmed illicit drug activity on April 15, 2019
Ms. Higgins appeared before the City of Clarksburg’s municipal Judge on April 16, 2019, and is set to appear before a Harrison County Magistrate Judge on April 24, 2019 at 9a.m.
Under the provisions of the Drug House Ordinance, property owners are subject to fines if they fail to take appropriate action to abate the problem after 30 days of notification. The Orders of Abatement contain compliance stipulations including: evicting problem tenants, other actions to prevent reoccurrence of illegal drug activity, and mandating criminal background checks on future tenants to insure they are free from convictions for prostitution, illegal gambling, illegal possession, storage, or delivery of or trafficking controlled substances, or other illegal drug activity. The City Drug House Ordinance applies to owners of both rental and owner occupied property.
Ms. Higgins has been fully cooperative with the Clarksburg Police Department in enforcing the abatement order, and will be utilizing the free background check that the Clarksburg Police Department Offers for future tenants.