Abandoned Calvert houses to be demolished in "Operation Crackdown"

POSTED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 4:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

CALVERT -- Some abandoned houses in Robertson County have become havens for drug users and it's causing problems in the town of Calvert.

But now, the Texas National Guard is stepping in with "Operation Crackdown."

"They're not just eyesores, they're drug havens," said Robertson County Judge Jan Roe. "They're crime havens. The only thing they are good for is bad things."

Judge Roe knows they can't solve the drug problem completely in the Robertson County town of Calvert but Police Chief, Nancy Juvrud, says they can get rid of the source of the problem.

"I worry. If someone runs, they run into these houses and I worry for their safety. I worry for my officers safety going in these places."

So Calvert and the Texas National Guard have teamed up to tear down more than 25 structures at the end of this month and it's called "Operation Crackdown"

Chief Juvrud said, "We were contacted by the National Guard and they've said, 'We've done this in other cities and we'd like to come to Calvert and do this' so BV Casa helped us identify some houses and it's just worked out beautifully so it's a great help to the city."

Residents say tearing down abandoned houses like this one will help make Calvert's streets cleaner and neighborhoods safer.

Carolyen Rosemond said, "It'll help stop the fires, people going in smoking and probably using illegal drugs in these vacant buildings and that's the purpose of it to prevent things like that, negative things from happening."

Since the program's inception, the Texas National Guard has demolished more than 12,000 houses by using the money seized in drug raids.

"We're taking this money from the drug dealers, it's seized from them and seized from their profits and now it's coming back to help us so it's priceless," said Chief Juvrud.

All to make the community a safer place to live.

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