By the County Times Staff Writers
HOLLYWOOD, Md. (June 26, 2008)—The commander of the vice/narcotics unit of the St. Marys County Bureau of Criminal Investigations says that several home and property seizures are in the works in an effort to combat drug dealers and their local operations.
One such home is a suspected crack house on Coltons Point Road in Avenue that was raided several weeks ago but, according to police has been a chronic problem spot in that community for nearly two decades.
Were in the process of filing on that home for seizure and forfeiture, said Lt. Daniel Alioto, adding that the house could only be seized through court action. Were prepared to go to trial.
Alioto said that the house most recently raided was just one example of attempts to take away the base of operations of suspected drug dealers through common nuisance laws; its a strategy that narcotics officers plan to use more, Alioto said.
The way were policing narcotics has changed, he said. [Nuisances created by reputed drug houses] just cant go on.
If its worth something to them, its worth something to us and were taking it if we can. The days of them watching their five plasma screen TVs thinking theyve got it easy are over.
Alioto said that one other drug house has been seized so far by the county, and one is already in the process. There are two or three other properties that narcotics officers are also looking into for possible seizure, Alioto said.
Alioto said that States Attorney Richard Fritz has been phenomenal in supporting vice/narcotics efforts to seize properties they claim constitute a common nuisance.