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After 8 drug arrests, Birmingham City Councilor wants buildings condemned

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It seems crime and drugs can be found anywhere.

Eight drug arrests last week are just the beginning in a cleanup of areas in Birmingham that are prone to drug activity.

Operation Goldwire and the arrests were a result of multiple complaints near a convenience store in the Loveman Village area. That's in City Councilor Sheila Tyson's district.

Tyson credits Birmingham police and their quick action in making the arrests.

“I have always known that Chief Roper and the police are doing a good job, but there’s only so much the police can do. You know, when they arrest the people who are actually selling drugs and the prostitutes and even the people who are utilizing the prostitutes and using the drugs, they’re out within hours. So I think it’s time now for the city to clean up those areas,” Tyson said.

Councilor Tyson is now pushing to have inspectors go out to the row of homes near Loveman Village as well as the Center Villa apartments to determine whether they are up to code.

“I think now it's time for the city to clean up those areas. Once we inspect these properties where they are using and selling there. Once we do that they won't have anywhere to go,” Tyson said.

Councilor Tyson is the head of the Public Improvements Committee.

She is inviting the public out to the next meeting which will be held March 8 at 2 p.m. in Conference Room A at city hall.

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