A Stony Point home was sold as the result of numerous complaints concerning drug possession, shots fired calls and the presence of several wanted persons, said Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.
The home at 139 Millet Drive was the subject of a nuisance abatement procedure, Campbell said.
Campell stated in a news release that detectives began speaking with neighbors and documenting various incidents. Campbell said investigation records, call logs, along with other evidence, was compiled.
The sheriff’s office also requested the assistance of the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement because of their specialization in nuisance abatement cases, Campbell said.
After all of the evidence was gathered, the findings were presented to the District Attorney’s office to start the legal proceedings.
Campbell said the owner of the property, Timothy Duane McGriff, was asked to attend a meeting to discuss this case and options were presented to solve the complaints. McGriff was present at the meeting and was later served with a civil process to be in Iredell County Civil Superior Court on July 1, 2019.
On Sept. 12, 2019, McGriff signed a consent order requiring him to sell the property, Campbell said.
The court ordered the home to be sold at fair market value and provided McGriff with a detailed description of how the proceeds from the sale would be handled, Campbell said. The sale closed Jan. 13.
Campbell said this type of legal process is lengthy and is not undertaken lightly.
He said the action was based on continued criminal activity at the home and on the numerous complaints from citizens in the area.
This, he said, is another tool the sheriff’s office utilizes to eliminate criminal locations in an attempt to keep communities safe.