MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County judge ordered a Mount Vernon apartment be vacated and closed, due to drug activity that has occurred there.

Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel Thursday issued a temporary injunction closing 807 N. Mulberry St., Apt. A, until the owner, Thomas Cennamo, evicts two tenants charged with drug crimes. Wetzel made the ruling in a court hearing on a nuisance order filed by Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville.

Drugs can cause eviction

MOUNT VERNON — Landlords can evict tenants they suspect are using drugs, but they have to go through the courts to turn them out.

Drug users have no special protections when it comes to eviction, Dennis Harrington, managing attorney with Southeastern Legal services, said. If a judge decides, in a civil court proceeding, that the landlord has a good case, the eviction proceedings are likely to be successful.

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