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Police shut down problem drug house in southeast Calgary

CALGARY — Police in Calgary have shut down a problematic drug house that was the scene of a shooting and the subject of almost 100 complaint calls in the last two years.

Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and city police officers have boarded up the house in the Penbrooke neighbourhood.

It is under a community safety order, which requires the occupants to vacate and allows seizure of property for up to 90 days.

The shooting last summer left the home riddled with bullets.

During a search in November, authorities seized weapons and drugs that included marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

Insp. Mike Letourneau says the house was one of the worst he's seen and shutting it down is a big win for the community.

"This is up there. This is Top 5," he said Tuesday. "There (were) 98 calls for service in the last two years. That's substantial."

Staff Sgt. Geoff Gawlinski described the scene inside.

"You see a home that's unkept, unclean and somewhere where most people wouldn't even consider living."

As part of the safety order, locks will be changed and the property fenced.

(CFFR, The Canadian Press)

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