Edmonton, Alberta – The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit has shut down a problem property in response to complaints about drug activity from residents of a community on Edmonton’s south side.
SCAN investigators obtained a Community Safety Order (CSO), giving them the authority to close a basement suite in Meyonohk on November 18. The CSO bars anyone from entering the basement for 90 days and restricts any new occupants for two years.
SCAN began investigating in January 2015, when it received a complaint about drug use and drug trafficking by residents of the basement suite. Complainants also alleged the unit was being used as a flophouse for other drug users.
SCAN substantiated the complaint and issued the property owners a warning letter in September 2015. However, continued drug activity prompted SCAN to go to court to obtain a CSO allowing them to close the property.
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act gives residents and authorities an added tool in fighting illegal activity and keeping communities safe and secure. SCAN legislation targets problem properties by holding the owners accountable. CSOs help break the cycle of drug users and drug traffickers coming into the neighbourhood.
Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can report it by phone at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226) or online at http://bit.ly/2aZRVcD. All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded to never investigate suspected problem properties on their own.