• Police responded to drug filled house 5-year-old was rescued from 130 times since 2012

    By: Beth Rousseau , Action News Jax


    Police have responded to the drug-filled house they rescued a 5-year-old from 130 times since 2012.

    Action News Jax reported earlier this week when six people were arrested on drug charges at the home on Carver Street in St.Augustine.

    ORIGINAL STORY: Six arrested in St. Augustine drug raid; child put in state custody

    According to a police report, the child was found on a couch near a cigarette package with cocaine.

    “They were all being arrested and the little boy was taken to DCF – it was mind boggling,” said neighbor Wanda Sweat.

    Action News Jax first spoke to Sweat on Wednesday about the problems she’s seen at the house over the years.

    Even she was surprised by the number of calls for service.

    “That many times, that should be considered a drug house and it should be closed down,” she said. 

    Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson said the house appears to be an ongoing nuisance.

    He explained, “It is the use of a property as a drug house and that is prohibited under state law and probably local ordinance as well in St.Johns County. They could have easily closed the place down."

    Action News Jax reporter Beth Rousseau confronted the home owner, Holly Loughlin, about all the calls.

    Laughlin said, “What’d they find a few stems? And OK, it’s against the law, I go along with that but this is not a big drug dwelling.”

    According to Laughlin, she rents rooms to the homeless and is taking steps to keep drugs out of the house.

    Neighbors said it’s only a matter of time before police are at the house again.

    Action News Jax has reached out to St.Augustine Police Department and Code Enforcement about the property – their response will be posted here when it is received. 


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