Police drug sweep at East Chicago's Nicosia Senior Center comes up empty

2011-04-01T17:30:00Z 2011-04-02T00:20:57Z Police drug sweep at East Chicago's Nicosia Senior Center comes up emptyBy Steve Zabroski Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 01, 2011 5:30 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | Canine officer teams from the Lake County Sheriff's Department joined city police Friday morning in an illegal drug sweep at the John B. Nicosia Senior Citizens Building.

No illegal drugs were found during the search of the nine-story facility, police said, but investigators did document likely evidence of probable prior drug use involving some of the center's 193 residents or their guests.

Complaints about drug abuse in the building at 4720 Railroad Ave. prompted a request by East Chicago Housing Authority officials for the sweep, said Police Chief Augusto "Gus" Flores Jr., who invited county officers to participate.

"I hope this will send a signal to residents that illegal activity will not be tolerated," Flores said.

Persons 50 or older can join the waiting list for residency in the city's senior citizen housing facilities, which prohibit under penalty of eviction any illegal drug use on the premises.

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