Neighbours relieved after court orders closure of northeast drug house
Neighbours living near a well-known Coventry Hills drug house are welcoming news that the address has been shut down by court order and will be listed for sale.
After more than 95 calls to police in just two years — including a violent hostage situation that rattled nearby residents — the home at 71 Coventry Road N.E. has been boarded up by the Alberta Sheriffs Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit.
“That house has been nothing but a pain in our side for years,” said neighbour Dustin Formos, who lives a few doors down with his three young boys.
Formos recalled a disturbing encounter he had in 2015 with a man who had emerged from the home bound with duct tape and bloodied, claiming to have been tortured and held captive in the basement.
“It’s been a long time coming. There’s been activity here for a while… I heard they were boarding it up, which is good.”
One neighbour literally cheered to see fencing surrounding home that neighbors had been complaining about since Aug.2015 #yyc pic.twitter.com/fyOGA8APt2
— Meghan Potkins (@mpotkins) January 30, 2017
The owner, who lived in the home along with a revolving cast of tenants, has so far complied with the court order to vacate the home for 45 days, after which time she has agreed to list the property for sale.
SCAN has been authorized to board up the house, change the locks and erect a fence around the property.
Insp. Mike Letourneau said the SCAN unit began investigating the property following a barrage of complaints from neighbours starting in August 2015.
“It was extremely disruptive for this community,” Letourneau said. “This has been a real problem, not just for the community but for the Calgary Police Service.”
CPS acting Sgt. Steve Kelly said the owner seemed to have “turned a willfully blind eye” to the criminal activity going on in the home.
“We’ve done drug warrants (at the address) and located drugs and weapons. As a police service we’ve been to this residence 95 times in the past two years, which is way beyond what’s acceptable,” Kelly said.
Another neighbour said with so many children in the neighbourhood she’s relieved the house has been shut down.
“There were always fights in front of their house. People and coming and going and some sketchy people around,” said Stephanie, who declined to provide her last name. She wondered allowed Monday about the condition the home will be in when it goes up for sale.
“From the outside, it looks like a really nice house.
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