Four Properties Shut Down Because of Drug Activity

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(Memphis) The Memphis Police Department and the District Attorney's Office are not messing around when it comes to getting rid of crime that plagues communities.

Four properties in the 1000 block of Kney Street were boarded up on Friday.

Police called them a haven for crime, specifically drugs.

Police Director Toney Armstrong said they are committed to cleaning up the crime in communities.

He's concerned about the street ever since he did undercover drug buys there, “When citizens wake up this morning, I'm hoping they can look at this and realize that the city government, the Memphis Police Dept. and the Attorney General's office have not forgotten about this community."

Tuesday, police filed a petition in court to get the problematic properties shut down.

“This just goes to show you what kind of scum we're dealing with,” said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. “They have no respect whatsoever to set up a drug house next door to a church and thumb their noses at the neighbors and police officers.”

Thursday, the environmental court sided with police after Brian Spiker, the owner of two of the properties, failed to show for the hearing.

“You're getting a rent check and you need to care,” said Armstrong about the owner. “You need to be aware of exactly what's going on.”

Wharton says it’s now up to the city to do away with the properties for good.

“I am going to, just as soon as I can, get to the owner and tear this crap down,” said Wharton.

According to the Shelby County Assessor's website, Spiker owns multiple properties across the city of Memphis.

We have not heard if any of his other properties have been problematic.

He was unable to be reached today for comment.