Home once serv­ing as a ‘hot bed of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity’ razed

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A drive past 420 Pace Street two weeks ago would have re­vealed a house well-known to lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers. The home served as a hot bed of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity for more than a decade.

Search war­rants, drug dis­tri­bu­tion charges, gang vi­o­lence, even homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tions have cen­tered around that small, di­lap­i­dated beige house.

Ride past 420 Pace Street to­day and you will see an empty lot.

A Polk County Drug Task Force (PCDTF) arrest of sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als in late sum­mer of 2016 was ul­ti­mately, “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” ac­cord­ing to a task force agent. From that op­er­a­tion in 2016, the PCDTF set into mo­tion the le­gal seizure of the home.

“The Polk County Drug Task Force, with guid­ance from the task force con­trol board, made the de­ci­sion to seize the home,” re­ported Cedar­town Po­lice Chief and Polk County Drug Task Force spokesman Jamie New­some.

Af­ter a lengthy le­gal process, the house was of­fi­cially seized and de­mol­ished on Feb. 2, 2019, bring­ing an end to the struc­ture’s in­fa­mous his­tory. The cost of the de­mo­li­tion was cov­ered en­tirely by con­fis­cated drug money.

The Polk County Drug Task Force would like to thank the fol­low­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies in as­sist­ing with the de­mo­li­tion: The Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Polk County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Cedar­town Po­lice Depart­ment, Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Rock­mart Po­lice Depart­ment and the Rome/Floyd Drug Task Force.

Contributed by City of Cedar­town

Left: 420 Pace Street prior to its de­mo­li­tion. Right: 420 Pace Street, pre­vi­ously known for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, was re­cently torn down. /

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