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Orrick aldermen want former drug house torn down

Orrick’s board of aldermen approved sending a letter to the owner of this West Elm Street house requesting that it be torn down. The building, described by the police chief as a former drug house but currently unoccupied, has structural issues and the chief said he’s concerned if it’s reoccupied could be used to deal drugs. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Orrick’s board of aldermen approved sending a letter to the owner of this West Elm Street house requesting that it be torn down. The building, described by the police chief as a former drug house but currently unoccupied, has structural issues and the chief said he’s concerned if it’s reoccupied could be used to deal drugs. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

The owner of an Orrick property that apparently once served as a drug house will soon get a letter from the city asking that it be torn down.

The home, in the 400 block of West Elm Street, has been vacant for about a year, Police Chief Ray Dinwiddie told the board of Aldermen Monday.

“We can call this a drug house because the people who lived there were arrested for having drugs in the house,” he said.

The individuals, not named at the meeting, were incarcerated for related crimes, Dinwiddie said. One of those was released and then returned to custody on a probation violation, he said.

 

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