COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) - A North Linden home known as a hideout for criminals and a hotbed for drug trafficking has been shuttered by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.
According to Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, his office received an ex parte temporary restraining order from the Franklin County Environmental Court on Tuesday to board up the home located at 3207 Karl Road. Klein’s office said Columbus Police have responded to the residence a number of times over the past year for reports of weapon offenses, overdoses, disturbances, drug and alcohol violations, and an “officer in trouble signal.”
“No neighborhood should have to tolerate the dangerous and illegal activities that were occurring at this property,” Klein said in a press release. “We want to thank the community and the Columbus Police Division for diligently working with our attorneys to help build our case to shut this place down.”
Klein’s office said the property’s owner, identified as Kevin Cochrane, inherited the property from his mother. Police spoke with Cochrane on March 26, 2018, to inform him that they had evidence that prostitution and drug trafficking were occurring at the home, and he was given a written notice that the property could be declared a public nuisance. Just days later, narcotics detectives with Columbus Police obtained direct evidence that crack cocaine and heroin trafficking continued at the home.
The house is located in a residential area just two blocks away from two elementary schools and a middle school and within walking distance to Huy Road Park.
“It’s sad and tragic to see people’s lives being destroyed by drugs and human trafficking right in the middle of a residential neighborhood,” Assistant City Attorney Katarina Karac said in a written statement. “It is particularly troubling to know that all this illegal activity was occurring within walking distance of three nearby schools.”