You contact the US Attorneys office in Pittsburgh if you want something done. Locals deny there is a serious issue. Cleaning it up is not a money maker. Then how would they justify the new prison? All the county employees and judges relatives would be out of work.<quoted text>
All right then, you are head of the drug task force, I want to know what your approach to the problem would be?
Here is something being done in Pittsburgh
Sanctions-Based Drug Demand Reduction Program
The United States Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pittsburgh Police, have initiated a drug demand reduction program aimed at ridding neighborhoods of houses and other buildings used for the distribution and/or consumption of illegal drugs. These "drug houses," which are typically well known in the neighborhood, are often owned by absentee landlords and leased to tenants for very low rent. Initially, the program focused on a working class neighborhood known as Lawrenceville, where 16 drug houses have been identified. The program is presently expanding to other city neighborhoods including the Hill District, Garfield, and North Side.
The program uses a series of escalating steps. First, the property owners are sent letters notifying the owners that their properties are being used for illegal drug activity and inviting them to a meeting at the United States Attorney's Office. At the meeting, the property owners are informed of their remedies, such as enforcement of lease clauses that prohibit drug activity. If these steps are unsuccessful, the United States Attorney's Office will seek more severe sanctions, such as civil forfeiture of the properties, and even criminal prosecution of the owners in appropriate cases for managing or controlling any place for the purpose of illegal drug activity.
Since the program was announced in April 2004, more than 120 landlords, owners, tenants and mortgagers have been informed of the criminal activity occurring at their properties, and many of the properties are being rehabilitated. One individual has been successfully prosecuted for knowingly maintaining his residence for the use and distribution of controlled substances. The defendant was sentenced to 30 months in prison. The property was sold to a neighborhood improvement organization, which built a new single-family home in its place.