The war on drugs continues in Wellsville. At this past week’s Council meeting Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh issued a warning to unscrupulous Village landlords. She advised she “contacted the Prosecutor’s office regarding landlords renting to known drug users and dealers. As you know I’m fed up with it. I asked what could be done?”
She proceeded to note that “A landlord who is renting to a known drug user or dealer could possibly be charged with complicity to trafficking, and using, in drugs. Also, their house could be deemed a nuisance and be boarded up. They will have to forfeit it over.” If it continues she vows she will “push for that”. If that happens, not only will landlords lose rental income, they will have to dig deep in their greedy pockets for legal fees to keep their butts out of jail.
Before taking office Mayor Haugh promised she would lead the charge in cleaning up and ridding the Village of drug users and dealers. It wasn’t just campaign rhetoric. She has personally gone door-to-door handing out written letters of warning to known users and dealers. She has invited several law enforcement agencies to town to assist the local authorities. She even invited the Ohio State Patrol to join in. Normally the unspoken rule of thumb for the OSP is to keep clear of being inside town limits and interfering with the local officers. They have the authority to patrol anywhere in the state but like to be invited before they come to town.
This lady means business and she ain’t giving up! As one member of the CC Drug Task Force told us “use of illicit drugs will probably never be eradicated” but neither are they. If we were landlords we would take advantage of the free background checks that can be done by just calling the Sheriff’s Office before renting to anyone unknown.