Sheriffs shutter drug house in Airdrie, Alta., after RCMP visited 50 times since 2018

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The Alberta Sheriffs Branch obtained a court order that gave it the authority on Thursday to board up the windows, change the locks and put up a fence around the property at 247 Bayside Point S.W. in Airdrie, Alta. (Google Maps - image credit)
The Alberta Sheriffs Branch obtained a court order that gave it the authority on Thursday to board up the windows, change the locks and put up a fence around the property at 247 Bayside Point S.W. in Airdrie, Alta. (Google Maps - image credit)

The owner of a home in Airdrie, Alta., that RCMP were called to more than 50 times since 2018 has been ordered to keep it boarded up for three months.

The Alberta Sheriffs' Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit works with other law enforcement agencies to shut down properties being used for illegal activities.

It obtained a court order that gave it the authority to board up the windows, change the locks and put up a fence around the property at 247 Bayside Point S.W. on Thursday, and forbids anyone from entering the property until Feb. 16, 2022.

SCAN investigators also obtained a community safety order on Nov. 5 that will keep the property under supervision for one year.

"Thanks to the diligent work of the Alberta Sheriffs, people in this community can go back to feeling safe and at ease in their neighbourhood," said Justice Minister Kaycee Madu.

Domestic disputes, disturbances and stolen vehicles

The province said the SCAN unit began its investigation after receiving several complaints about drug activity at the property, which has been investigated twice by police.

Surveillance confirmed drug activity was occurring, and investigators said they observed a high number of people coming and going from the property by car, on bicycles and on foot.

The Calgary Police Service and RCMP found drug paraphernalia during a search of the property in January 2021, and laid more than 70 criminal charges against one person, the province said Thursday.

In August 2021, the RCMP executed a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia as well as a machete.

Other calls RCMP received about the property included reports of domestic disputes, disturbances and stolen vehicles.

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