Tuesday, December 11, 2007

OKC Council Proposes Seizing Property Used for Prostitution

9/14/07 -- OKC, OK - If you are allowing your property to be utilized for drugs or prostitution activities, the Oklahoma City Council may soon pass an ordinance that would allow the city to seize your property - and it doesn't stop there.

According to the proposal, vehicles used in drive-by shootings could be seized also.

On Tuesday, a motion was introduced (VI EE) by Ward 6 Councilwoman Ann Simank, and seconded by Ward 7 Councilwoman Willa Johnson, to enhance the city's existing nuisances laws to allow for seizer of personal property.

According to an article in the Daily Oklahoman, 'once police identify frequent drug or prostitution problems at a particular property, a letter will be mailed to the owner letting them know the property is under a police investigation.'

The city will reportedly try and work with individuals that show an interest in riding their property of the criminal element. However, noncompliance could result in costly court actions against the owner or even seizer of the property.

The Oklahoma City Council will vote on the proposal September 25.

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