Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Preble County Court Issues Nuisance Abatement Order for 610 Aukerman Street in Eaton

Published on July 6th, 2018

Summary

The Preble County Court of Common Pleas has granted a Temporary Restraining Order ordering that the residence at 610 Aukerman Street in Eaton, Ohio be boarded up as a drug nuisance property pending further hearing in the court

On July 3, 2018, the Preble County Court of Common Pleas issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) commanding that the residence located at 610 Aukerman Street be pad-locked and secured until further notice by the Court. The State of Ohio has alleged in a court filing that the residence constitutes a public nuisance as a result of consistent and long-standing felony drug activity at the home.

The residence at 610 Aukerman has been the site of many felony drug abuse complaints and arrests over the past eighteen months, including drug trafficking, drug possession, and drug abuse instrument offenses. Within the past two weeks, the Eaton Police Division executed a search warrant at the property, resulting in nine drug-related arrests and the confiscation of drugs, syringes, and miscellaneous paraphernalia. Shortly after these suspects bonded out of jail, neighbors reported the immediate resumption of drug trafficking activity. In response, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney filed for a preliminary and permanent injunction (R.C. 3719.10, 3767.01), seeking a court order to evict the residents and to secure the property. The TRO will secure the home pending further hearing on the complaint scheduled for July 13, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel: This complaint for permanent injunction is a powerful civil tool which can be used to abate the nuisance of “drug houses” in our community. Any citizen of Preble County who believes they live near an area of persistent drug-trafficking activity is encouraged to report the problem to local law enforcement. With this complaint on 610 Aukerman, persons who permit their property to be used for illegal drug activity (whether or not they are aware of or participate in the activity themselves) are on notice: they risk losing immediate possession of their property in the interests of public safety.