SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KMTR) - Springfield Police are hoping multiple arrests in Springfield’s Mohawk neighborhood will help clear up a nuisance problem at a duplex.
Springfield Police arrested three people on Wednesday morning after serving a search warrant at a duplex near 20th and L Street. Officers say the duplex is the source of more than sixty complaints about illegal drug use, trash, noise and other problems over the last few years.
Inside police found seven people along with evidence that drugs were being used at the home including drug paraphernalia and syringes.
Neighbors showed NewsSource 16 another big factor the duplex is considered a nuisance by many: a large pile of trash that’s rotting against a fence.
“You can take any neighborhood in any community and you move an active drug house into it and the standard of living goes down. So we, of course, represent this community and want to stop that. So when people give us information this is going on, we like to go there and take action and make arrests and let them know this is unacceptable,” says Sergeant John Umenhofer of the Springfield Police Department.
The City of Springfield’s code enforcement division is now in the process of exercising a nuisance abatement ordinance on the site. Along with the heap of trash, code enforcers also found Wednesday that the house was completely without electricity.
Police arrested Sabrina Williams for theft and frequenting a place where drug are used. Bobby Boyd and Dennis Lowden were also arrested for felony warrants.
All three people are currently being held in the Lane County jail. Despite code violations, several others are still occupying the duplex police searched Wednesday.