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Chillicothe Police to Landlord: Evict Couple, or Risk Seizure of House
CHILLICOTHE (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- A landlord is afraid she will soon lose her rental property because a friend of her tenants was allegedly selling heroin inside the home.
A couple from Florida had been renting Johnny Bragg's Adams Ave. property for approximately two weeks when police fired pepper gas bullets into two upstairs windows and raided the home after securing a warrant.
Bragg was alerted to the Monday raid by a neighbor, and soon arrived to find her tenants and a male visitor handcuffed on the front porch.
He actually pointed at my male tenant and accused him of selling heroin," Bragg said. "Just outright, he said, 'He sells heroin.' My tenant said, 'No I dont.'
Police soon removed the handcuffs from the tenants and their friend. No one was charged at the scene of the raid, where investigators claim to have found drugs and paraphernalia -- but no heroin.
The raid was ordered after the tenant's friend -- who had been staying at the house -- sold heroin to an undercover officer, according to police.
Bragg does not believe her tenants participated in drug sales, but was told by police that her house could be seized if she fails to evict the couple.
If you allow someone to move into your residence, and deal drugs out of your residence, that makes you as guilty as they are, Chillicothe police spokesperson Bud Lytle said.
Charges could be filed in connection with the raid at a later date, according to police.