Athens home searched by law enforcement for the second time in three months, meth and pills found inside
The house at 311 Bud Street is vacant after code enforcement in Athens condemned it. Neighbors say the house has been an issue for years.
The Athens Police Department and other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at the home on Tuesday, the second time in three months.
Neighbor Terry Trew says the street was constantly busy with people pulling up to the house on a regular basis.
"And Traffic... My goodness! The people that would come and go," said Trew.
Trew has lived across the street for five years and it's always been a problem for him. He's just happy the house has been condemned.
"Well I can't say safer, but you know it's the drugs that don't need to be happening," said Trew.
Athens Police Chief Clifton Couch says that they arrested James Moore just three months ago when they executed a search warrant on his house in November 2019. Moore was arrested from outstanding warrants for previous drug weapons charges in November.
On Tuesday, Moore was arrested for an outstanding warrant for violation of probation and theft, Chief Couch says more charges could come. He says they found methamphetamine, prescription pills, and paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of methamphetamine.
"It's very unique in the fact that we've already arrested this guy once and we've already done one search warrant and they're right back at it again subjecting all of their neighbors to that," said Chief Couch.
The Athens Police Department, the TBI, and the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force all played a roll in the search of Moore's home.
Chief Couch says that there is still work to be done, they don't want anyone raising a family next to a house that poses a safety risk.
"It's going to take a lot more than a few search warrants to address this, it's going to take a lot more resources, it's going to take a lot more hours, but I hope that it sends a message that we're not going away," said Chief Couch.
Trew says he can now breathe a sigh of relief.
"I can't tell you how wonderful it is that the house is condemned by the people are gone," said Trew.
Neighbors hope the house won't be an issue for them anymore.