COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The City has shut down what the City Attorney’s office calls a notorious carryout that has plagued the neighborhood for years.
City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer’s office secured a temporary restraining order against Eagle Market at 1464 Cleveland Avenue.
In 2016, police responded to the Eagle Carryout more than 100 times for incidents that included gun and weapons violations, assaults, drug and alcohol violations, disturbances, illegal drug transactions, and other suspicious activity.
But, long-time customers in the neighborhood said they’re sad to see the store close.
“I can’t believe they boarded it up,” said neighbor Miranda Reese. “This is where we come everyday to get our food.”
She said the people who ran Eagle Market did not condone the drug activity and tried to get dealers off the property.
“He’s never done anything wrong or anything like that,” said Reese. “It’s actually shocking.”
The city said gang members, including from the Windsor Terrace Posse, have been captured multiple times either on camera or in-person selling narcotics at the premises since at least 2014.
One resident drug dealer was observed selling drugs in July 2014, March 2015, August 2015, February 17, 2016 and again on March 14, 2016. His brother, another known drug dealer, was also caught on the premises in February 2016, April 5, 2016, and July 29, 2016, according to the City Attorney’s office.
Police issued half a dozen letters to the owners of the premises notifying them of the multiple violations occurring at their property. However, “illegal drug transactions continued to take place at the property on a consistent basis” according to court filings.
Vice unit detectives also secured evidence of the underage sale of alcohol and cigarettes by employees of the Eagle Market on multiple occasions, the City Attorney’s office said.
“Unfortunately, the Eagle Market has proven over the course of several years to be a danger to residents who live nearby, our police officers who must respond to all the calls there, the patrons who shop there, and the employees who work there,” said Assistant City Attorney Katarina Karac. “We are pleased that the court took all our evidence into account and ordered the premises boarded up until further notice.”
A follow-up hearing for a preliminary and permanent injunction against the owners of the Eagle Market is scheduled for 1pm on Monday, December 12, 2016.