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City shuts down another suspected Hilltop drug house

The west Columbjus home was shut down by the City Attorney’s Office after the agency said undercover narcotics detectives purchased drugs on September 11th. Ten days later, police executed a search warrant and found marijuana, heroin and pills worth thousands of dollars in street value. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A west Columbus house has been vacated and boarded up by city officials, who call it a haven for alleged drug and gang activity.

The home located on Whitethorne Avenue was shut down by the City Attorney’s Office after the agency said undercover narcotics detectives purchased marijuana on September 11th. Ten days later, police executed a search warrant where marijuana, heroin and pills worth thousands of dollars in street value were found. A semi-automatic handgun and some known gang members were also found inside the house according to police.

Selena Cooper said she lives in the home and denies it is a drug house.

"Just because you know someone does not mean your house has got to be a drug house. It just doesn't mean that,” said Cooper.

The alleged drug house on Whitethorne is the second on the same street and ninth in the city targeted by the City Attorney’s Office this year.

A hearing on the homes future will be held October 4th.

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