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New ordinance allows city to seize drug houses


Grand Coulee city council members don’t like having drug houses in the community, and so approved an ordinance that gives them some teeth in the matter.

Council approved adding to their ordinances the state law on the abatement of drug houses, Revised Code of Washington 7.43, at their Oct. 16 council meeting.

If a house is regularly the scene of police enforcement, drug use, drug dealing, or otherwise, the home could be evacuated and boarded up for a year to effectively remove any ongoing nuisances.

“Any final order of abatement issued under this chapter shall … provide for the immed...

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