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Police to pursue drug dealers' landlords

Monday - 6/3/2013, 4:14pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Police in Hagerstown plan to step up efforts to pursue landlords who rent to drug users and dealers.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson tells the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown (http://bit.ly/11z0OsM ) that by using a nuisance abatement ordinance, police can make it uncomfortable for landlords to allow properties to become centers of drug activity.

It can be difficult to prove a landlord has failed to stop known drug activity, but if it is proven, courts can make landlords take remedial actions, such as installing security cameras.

Police Chief Mark Holtzman says most landlords who receive notices are responsive and the problem is often solved by evicting the tenant. He says landlords can reduce the risk of legal troubles by being proactive, including performing background checks and visiting properties.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com


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