Multiple people have been arrested and a house condemned after a man attached a sign to the roof that said "Heroin Here."
The house in Lake Stevens, Washington, was reportedly a notorious hangout for drug dealers and addicts. The property is owned by a Lake Stevens resident who currently lives in an assisted living facility, according to The News Tribune.
The owner's son had reportedly allowed people to stay on the property, but became fed up with the activity taking place at the house. The son decided to alert police to the problem by putting up a sign "advertising" heroin.
It didn't take long before the police arrived to investigate. They arrested two people on outstanding warrants and evicted everyone else. The city of Lake Stevens proceeded to condemn the house.
"[The son] ends up posting the sign when he wants people out of there," Lake Stevens Police Commander Jeff Beazizo said. "The interior is not livable."
The Lake Stevens Police Department uploaded images of the property to its Facebook page on July 30. One image shows authorities boarding up the windows with plywood.
"They posted the sign and we responded like this!" the department wrote in the caption.
In the comments section, local residents commended police for finally shutting the alleged drug house down.
"This house has been a complete nightmare for the Community for over 3 years and after many many messages to LSPD & the mayor (by many) I am very thankful to see this finally getting taken care of," one person wrote. "I do hope that there is a tremendous amount of continual monitoring that is planned as well because the comings and goings will not stop now that this is a known 'trap' house. Thank you LSPD I know your hands were tied for a long time but I'm grateful that things are finally moving here!"
"I drive by this house EVERY DAY and always wondered when this would happen; thank you!!" commented another.
"Saw you all hard at work this afternoon! Thank you!" another resident wrote. "Hopeful the people living there were offered community resources."
Sheri Degraf, who lives across the street from the house, told KIRO the closing down of the house comes as a relief to the community.
"Oh definitely, especially for the ones with little kids," she said. "You don't want that happening. There's enough going on in the world to worry about something just across the street from you."