The City's effort to cleanup the neighborhood around Corpus Christi City Hall continued Wednesday as code enforcement officers were back on the streets. That after police served a number of warrants and arrested two people on drug charges.
Police moved in to try and get drug dealers and others out of that neighborhood and Wednesday, Code Enforcement was trying to root out problems as well.
Code Enforcement officers were looking around at some of the properties they've cleaned up lately when they noticed an opening under an old building that used to hold auctions.
It's located in the 200 block of Alameda and the entire property had been mowed by city contractors. That's because the homeless had been hanging out there. It seems that they're also actually living under the building. It looked like a campground under the building and police were called to inspect. They will be back to hand out criminal trespass warrants to those they find.
Officials are also now working with the property owner to better secure the building. We also found an alley way full of beer bottles. Left by the homeless behind the convenience store at Leopard and Crosstown. That is a place the city had just cleaned a month ago only to find it a mess.
Tuesday, police were out in the neighborhood and arrested two people. One person on Josephine and the other on Mexico Street. Police tell us that Jonathon Finklea had 28 grams of cocaine, cash and ammunition inside a house on Josephine. Over on Mexico, it turned out that Jesusa Martinez had already been arrested the night before with 23 rocks of crack cocaine, a shotgun also turned up as well as several code violations.
The landlords of both of those people arrested told police that they are beginning the eviction process to get them out of those homes and the neighborhood.
The city will be handing out flyers to residents around City Hall to let them know about a meeting concerning their neighborhood. That will be on the June 14 at City Hall.
The city is hoping those residents will be able to tell them about more problems in their neighborhood or any other concerns they may have.
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