Warren's mayor vows to keep former drug house from convicted drug dealer

Mayor Jim Fouts, who is an outspoken public opponent of the growing heroin problem, says he'll fight to make sure a former drug house on Audrey doesn't fall back into the hands of its owner, a convicted drug dealer.

"We don't want it to be a place where drug houses appear to go unchallenged and I'm concerned about the growing heroin problem," said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts. "We want to cost the predators money and money means losing your home."

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Maceroni has ordered a settlement conference involving the city's forfeiture and seizure of the former drug home. The judge has ordered the mayor, the police commissioner, the city attorney's office, the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, and the property owner to attend the settlement conference scheduled for tomorrow.

"I suppose the settlement conference is to come up with a compromise," said Mayor Fouts. "I don't see any compromise when it comes to a drug house."

In 2014, Fouts, with the help of the Warren Police Department, shut down the dangerous drug house. The owner pled guilty to delivery of heroin.  

The mayor says he is passionate about getting rid of drug houses because they cause so many other problems for his city.

Mayor Fouts said "A lot of the crimes that are committed against homeowners are crimes involving, whether it's purse snatching or breaking an entering, are related to drug abuse, so we have to take a stand."

The mayor says proceeds from the home would go toward drug fighting initiatives. Residents who live on Audrey say they applaud the mayor's efforts. 

"I'm really happy about the effort because no one wants to live in a place that's drug infested, especially when they're raising small children," said resident Christine Mobley.

This resident did not want to be identified but said "The one thing that I worried about the most, is that kids would get involved in it. That really upset me."

It's unclear just how things will go at Friday's conference, but the mayor says his position on drug homes is very clear.

"I want it to be known throughout the metro area that if you come to Warren and you establish your home as a a drug house, you're going to have to forfeit your home," said Mayor Fouts.
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