A drugs den in New Addington has been shut down, and three man have been arrested after Croydon Council found cocaine, cannabis and “drug-related paraphernalia” in the flat.
Croydon Magistrates court ordered the ground floor flat in 52 Frimley Close to be closed on September 30, after residents complained of noise and drug taking in the property.
One of the men present in the property during the raid told a council officer that the flat was “a place to smoke and chill.”
Councillor Mark Watson said: “Residents should not have to tolerate anti-social behaviour and the trouble caused by the individuals who used this property for drug taking.”
The flat was also serving as a “safe house” for gang members to gather and store drugs, according to the council.
Watson said: “We’re grateful to the neighbours who brought these problems to our attention, and I’m glad they will now be able to enjoy some respite.”
“We will always take action in circumstances such as these, even if that means boarding up a property.”
The court ordered closure will stop anyone from entering the flat for a three month period.
The council is now looking to repossess the property and apply for a second closure if necessary once this one expires.