Suspected Drug Den Closed By Code Enforcement

By: Tyler Murphy

Suspected drug den closed by code enforcement

NORWICH – The residence that was the target of a recent drug raid by police has been declared uninhabitable by the Norwich City Code Enforcement Office due to unsanitary conditions.

Police performed a tactical forced entry with a no-knock search warrant at the apartment on 4 Lee Ave. on Sept. 30.

Police waited to execute the raid of the alleged heroin dealers until about 7:50 a.m., shortly after the three young children living with them boarded the school bus.

The two adults, 39-year-old David A. Cahill and his 21-year-old live-in girlfriend, Rachael A. Cummings, were arrested on charges of trafficking heroin after officers discovered several packages of the drug at the home.

Following the arrest, Norwich City Code Enforcement Officers investigated after police reported a number of potentially hazardous conditions inside the home.

Norwich Code Enforcement Officer Jason Lawrence said he decided to declare the home uninhabitable, citing a number of defects including:

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• Animal feces throughout the home from two pet rabbits and a cat.

• Exposed electrical wiring and uncovered electrical outlets were broken and live with electricity.

• Damage to the ductwork of the furnace and to the cold air intake created a hazard of air quality and lack of proper heating.

• Safety railings and banisters along the stairways were either completely removed or damaged.

• Cracking paint and accumulated paints chips were discovered.

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