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Officials: Longview landlords must help curb drug crime

Officials: Longview landlords must help curb drug crime
The Longview News Journal
Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 6:49pm

The July shooting death of a Longview teen inside what police call a “dope house” is the kind of incident that has led some Texas cities to go after property owners under the authority of the state’s nuisance abatement law.

And some Longview officials say landlords could and should play a bigger role in reducing drug activity.

Joey Lee Espy was shot to death July 7 inside the Bonner Street house.

According to witness statements and police reports, the small wood-frame house just south of downtown Longview was used like a storefront to sell drugs.

The rental property is owned by Rose Boyd, according to a search warrant filed in Gregg County Court at Law No. 2.

Boyd said she had no idea the people she rented to used the house for illegal purposes.

Read more at the Longview News Journal.

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