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2 drug houses in Athens demolished

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For decades, two houses that stood on Plato Jones Street in an area of Athens known as "Box Alley" were known for drug activity, gambling and prostitution. In a matter of minutes, both came crashing down Tuesday morning.

The Athens Police Department and the Limestone County district attorney's office own the properties that they seized after drug trafficking arrests. District Attorney Brian CT Jones said taking the houses down eliminates what for years had been harbors for the drug trade.

"We're going to systematically march through this neighborhood and run the drug dealers out, send them to prison and clean this place up," he said.

Officials want to turn the space into something positive for the community.

"We've talked about a park. We've talked about a revitalization of this particular neighborhood because there's lots of people who live here who are stellar citizens. They want us to come here and clean this up," Jones said.

He said at least one other former drug house in the neighborhood is set for demolition soon.

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