City of Birmingham is suing city motel ownership over continued illegal drug activity “The Official Website for the City of Birmingham, Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham City Attorney’s Office is suing the owners and operators of the Town Motel property located at 414 3rd Avenue West over the high amount of illegal drug activity and violence. Third Avenue Hospitality, Inc., Ramsuyog, LLC and Shree Laxmi Narayan, LLC were named owners in the complaint.

The city says the owners of the property have been told that a drug-related nuisance exists on the property and have “refused or failed to correct the ongoing problem.”

The city supports:

• The Birmingham Police Department’s Narcotics Unit served and executed search warrants on the property,

• There is an increased volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic to and from the property,

• Multiple complaints were lodged with the city and the police regarding illegal activities on the property,

• Birmingham Police Department investigations led to arrests and seizures of illegal drugs in one room in May and another in September.

“We are committed to holding property owners accountable for ongoing criminal activity that poses a danger to individuals both on these properties and in the surrounding neighborhood,” said City Attorney Nicole King.

The Alabama Code, 1975, section 6-5-156.3 allows municipalities to seek a permanent property injunction preventing further use as a drug-related nuisance and to seek damages under section 6-5 -155.6 (d) (4).

In the spring of 2020, City Attorney Nicole King created the City Attorney’s Office Drugs and Nuisance Team, also known as OCA-DNAT, which works through the courts to hold landowners accountable for the cleanliness of their properties and the elimination of crime and scourge associated with nuisance issues. The team successfully closed nine cases creating a safer environment for residents both on these properties and in the surrounding neighborhoods. They continue to study other properties. OCA-DNAT works closely with the Birmingham Police Department to identify areas where owners are not taking care of properties or providing adequate security.

Problems with drug and nuisance properties can be reported by email to [email protected] or residents can call the in-house Drug and Nuisance Team at 205-254-2369 during regular hours Office.

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