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Fighting Drug Houses

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As Dallas police make another arrest in Tuesday’s fatal officer involved shooting many wonder why the house at the center of it all was not knocked down.

Officials say the house was a known drug haven.

The home was also the one James Harper ran from moments before he was shot and killed by 8-year veteran officer Brian Rowden.

According to officials the process to demolish drug houses can be complicated and lengthy.

In Fort Worth the police department provides crime statistics about a known drug house to the city’s legal department.

The city says a seizure notice at that point has to be issued by either the District Attorney’s office or the Drug Enforcement Administration for anything to be done.

At “Sober By Grace” Ministries near Lancaster in East Fort Worth the non-profit prays everyday – several times day – for the drug houses around them to disappear.

“They are an issue they are definitely an issue when I was in my addiction I used in a lot of them,” says Melissa Miller with Sober By Grace.

Miller is a former drug addict. She has been clean for a year and half after turning to the non-profit for help.

“When I was in it, once they busted one another one popped right back up,” says Miller.

Miller and Sober by Grace’s solution is preaching the word of God and hope that will end the problem quicker.

“We just walk in the solution, show them there is a way out,” explains Miller.