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Columbus cracks down on problem properties

The Columbus City Attorney’s Office is cracking down on accused drug houses in the city. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The Columbus City Attorney’s Office is cracking down on accused drug houses in the city.

The office shut down houses on the city’s west side accused of being havens for drugs and violence.

On January 24th, a house on the 300 block of South Hague Avenue was shut down. The next day, a house on the 200 block of Avondale Avenue was closed up. Narcotics detectives reportedly found heroin, crack cocaine and firearms inside the houses.

"A lot of the problems that we have with crime would go away if we had the drug houses out of the neighborhood,” said Franklinton resident Dana McCain.

City leaders aren’t the only ones taking action on problem properties.

State Representative Adam Miller is working on a state wide “blight bill,” which would speed up legal action against landlords accused of neglecting vacant properties.

The legislation is awaiting a bill number and referral to a House committee for initial hearings.

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