Clarksburg Police shut down drug house under new city ordinance

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A drug house in Clarksburg was shut down Tuesday by the city under a new ordinance.

A search warrant was served at 128 Winding Way by the Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force on March 30, and a quantity of methamphetamine and firearms were recovered, according to the Clarksburg Police Department.

Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard issued the orders of abatement to Russell Clark on Tuesday under the city’s Crime-Free Rental Housing Drug House Ordinance, police said.

“This property was, without a doubt, a place that distributed controlled substances and was a drug-involved premise and stash house,” Hilliard said.

The city’s code enforcement office has also placed the location under condemnation and has met with Clark regarding what will be required to have such order lifted.

Clark has been ordered to appear before Clarksburg Municipal Judge John Martin on Tuesday, police said.

According to police, they will continue to monitor the property, along with other locations in the city the department has received information on regarding possible illicit activity.

“The Clarksburg Police Department will issue orders of abatement to rid the community of any and all illicit activity,” Hilliard said.

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, taking other action to prevent the recurrence of illegal drug activity and maintaining criminal background checks on future tenants to ensure they are “free from convictions of prostitution, illegal gambling, illegal possession, storage or delivery of or trafficking in controlled substances or other illegal drug activity,” city officials said.

The new Drug House Ordinance applies to owners of both rental and owner-occupied property, officials said.

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