According to the sparse on facts story, in rare cases the US District Attorney's Office can move to seize property if they can prove it is a danger to the public.
"The crime and violence at a small west Charlotte strip mall are a danger to anyone in the area, federal prosecutors said."
According to the television station: "Buses and children inside vehicles have been shot at the intersection of West Boulevard and Remount Road."
In the federal filing prosecutors laid out their case: “Few properties in the Charlotte area have had a greater history or volume of drug-related crime and violence than the West Boulevard property,” according to a federal filing. “And we have seen it for ourselves.”
West Blvd and Remount Road
The property that is apparently under threat of seizure is 1533 West Blvd aka County Tax Parcels 11903341 and 11903340 owned by West Blvd Shop Inc, which according to the North Carolina Sectary of States office is operated by Abdoulkader L. Bouche.
Bouche is a ghost and the company West Blvd Shop Inc. owes Mecklenburg County four years of property taxes totalling more than $21,000.00, but surprisingly the company is listed as active with the North Carolina Sectary of State's office despite being habitually late with annual filings and being administratively dissolved several times over the past ten years.
Bouche has neither an address in Charlotte or elsewhere that CP could find.
Yet 1533 West Blvd isn't the only "Open Air Drug Market" locations on Beatties Ford and The Plaza are also targets for the Feds.
After the 2019 double homicide on Lytham Drive in South Charlotte the Feda seized the home and it has since been auctioned off to new owners who have promised to clean up the mess.
CMPD's Crime Reduction Unit has been focused on the shopping center for the past three years.
Business owners said that they were frustrated too. “Simply put, the property serves as an open-air drug market,” one shop owner is quoted as saying according to the federal complaint.
There have been 14 shootings at the shopping center in the last four years. Innocent bystanders’ cars, including those with children, have been shot into and even a city bus has been hit,” the complaint states.
Cedar's Take: Foreign nationals and immigrants both Asian and Middle Eastern own a ton of Charlotte's real estate, particularly property in less desirable areas.
Unfortunately, they are often absentee owners or shell companies who are buying property in cash derived from sources, often illegal, from outside the United States.
They seldom have a grasp of basic business practices and often are buying property with pre-existing issues at inflated values, but because it is cash the money flow is hard to track.
Those who buy property are often doing so without a survey, environmental review or any regard for zoning or permitting.
According to a Meck County source nearly 23% of all 2020 taxes are still due and much of that is attributable to Asian and Middle Eastern owners. 100s of these owners owe multiple years of property taxes.
Added to their nearly cash only sales they are the perfect conduit for drug money and funding of terrorist organizations world wide.
Apparently G's Food Mart fits the profile as well. Hat Tip to the CP follower who sent this photo ("you have the right to remain silent, as if they ever do") of a couple of guys doing nuttin.