SIDNEY — An abatement order was issued Monday morning ordering the immediate removal of all persons from the residence at 701 Monroe St. due to a continued pattern of drug activity.
According to Police Capt. Jerry Tangeman’s press release, investigators and officers from the Sidney Police Department (SPD) executed an abatement order at the Monroe Street residence Monday, Feb. 22, at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The abatement order, issued out of the Shelby County Common Pleas Court, due to a continued pattern of drug abuse behavior, specifically drug usage, drug trafficking and drug overdoses.
Since October 2019 the SPD and other emergency services has responded to approximately 43 calls for service. Of these 43 calls, 12 were related to drug overdoses with one fatality, 15 undercover drug buys, two drug search warrants, and numerous traffic stops by Sidney patrol officers, resulting in drug possession arrests of persons immediately leaving the Monroe Street residence.
Additionally, representatives of Sidney Addiction Assistance Team (SAAT) have been at the residence 20 times since 2016 in attempt to provide drug counseling assistance to various occupants. Throughout these many calls for service and interactions with law enforcement and support services, the occupants were advised that continued engagement of the drug abuse behaviors at the residence placed them in jeopardy of eviction and the location being condemned.
Early Monday morning after officers made contact, four adults were located at the residence. All four were allowed time to gather up personal belongings and three dogs before departing the residence. During an inspection, a cat was found in the basement, along with unsafe conditions with the electrical and sewage systems. As a result of these unsafe conditions, the residence was condemned by the city building inspector and the Shelby County Health Department. The cat was turned over to the Shelby County Animal Shelter. A small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia were located inside the residence during the abatement.
This abatement is a continuing effort by the SPD to combat a persistent drug abuse and drug trafficking location in Sidney. Information resulting in this effort was derived in part from concerned citizens in that neighborhood.
All citizens are asked that if they have any information about drug activity to contact the SPD at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).
“Drug addiction is a serious condition and not easy to treat alone. Please don’t let the situation get to this point where you lose your home and your love ones!” said the release. “If you, a family member, or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact call our SAAT team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-498-8781. There is help available! Your life is worth it!”