Dallas Councilman Proposes Seizing Drug Houses

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    Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway wants to establish a new ordinance that would allow the city to seize a home if it's rented to drug dealers or functioning as a drug house. (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012)

    Property owners who rent homes in Dallas may soon have to meet a new threshold for renters.

    Councilman Dwaine Caraway is advocating an ordinance that would allow the city to seize properties associated with drug dealing.

    Caraway said drug houses paralyze communities' ability to grow. If landowners won't be responsible for who they to, they don't deserve to keep their property, he said.

    Last night in the 200 block of Grover Washington, two men were gunned down and killed at a suspected drug house. Neighbors said it was the second shooting at the house in 15 days. Three men were shot, one fatally at a home in the 4600 block of South Ewing last month.

    Caraway said he hopes to bring the ordinance for a City Council vote within 45 days.