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Dunmore Will Not Tolerate Drug Activity

Council unanimously agreed to amend the borough's rental property ordinance to include specifications on drug activity.
Dunmore, Lackawanna County -- ''We saw a few arrests in our area, and it caused some concern that drugs are moving in this area."

The Dunmore Borough Council sent a clear message Monday night that drug activity will not be tolerated.

Council unanimously agreed to amend the borough's rental property ordinance to include specifications on drug activity.

Councilman Michael Dempsey said any building where drug activity is found will now be off limits for up to six months.

He said this measure will put pressure on landlords to do background checks on their tenants.

"It was not meant to punish landlords. It is to protect the citizens of Dunmore, the children of Dunmore, and make landlords accountable for who they're renting to."

"We found syringes and some needles around a property. We found on another neighborhood watch not too long ago a small packet that police identified as the type of packet they use for marijuana."

Gary Duncan with the Dunmore Neighborhood Watch is well aware of the drug activity.

He said this ordinance could make the borough more family-friendly.

"Certainly that's going to bring people back into the town and that's exactly what we want. We want our towns to thrive."

Dempsey said the code enforcement office will make decisions on a case-by-case basis, but this ordinance is a valuable tool for local law enforcement.

"Anything to help our police department get these drug dealers out of our area, we're going to do it."

The Dunmore Neighborhood Watch is holding a community walk on Saturday at noon at Fidelity Bank in Dunmore.
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