Judge Closes Whitehaven Home Described By Authorities As Gang And Drug Infested

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Those living in a crime-riddled Whitehaven saw police officers on their block Monday afternoon, but for a more positive reason. Law Enforcement announced an arrest and the closing of a home authorities said for years acted as a haven for gangs, drugs and other crimes.

A Shelby County judge declared the home at 477 Delta Road off of W. Shelby Drive as a public nuisance. The man occupying it, 36-year-old Charlie Miller, a convicted drug felon, now faces new charges.

Off camera, neighbors told Local 24 they hope the closed home will give them hope they can again carry out a more peaceful life.

Between January 2015 and February 2017, authorities said they responded to more than 3,000 calls for service within a half a mile of the home. That included nearly 200 calls within a quarter mile that same period, with reports of forcible rape, robberies, and drug violations.

In January, police said a drive-by shooting with more than 30 shots in the 500 block of Delta killed two known gang members and injured two other people.

Thanks to neighbors tips, that homicide investigation led to a broader investigation of drug trafficking and other crimes at home.

"We simply would not be here if not for the neighbors in this community, just simply had enough and wanted to see something done," Major Darren Goods of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit said.

As law enforcement shut down the home, the multi-agency gang unit also seized drugs and vehicles, which they put on display Monday afternoon with a message.

"We will continue to work and continue to follow the leads where they lead," Major Goods said.

The homeowner of the property has a hearing scheduled March 22nd in environmental court. The property is within one mile of two SCS schools.

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