Merry Street crack house to be demolished

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10:05pm

The owner of a Merry Street house has agreed to demolish her former home — where police and neighbors alleged her son engaged in illegal drug activity for years.

At a hearing Wednesday, Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn, Lucille Carter, her attorney and a state prosecutor signed a permanent injunction stating that because Carter’s son Matthew Carter lived in the 2326 Merry St. home in Carter’s absence and allowed the home to become a public nuisance, it will be demolished.

Lucille Carter had been living with other family members and was apparently not aware of the situation involving the home from which she moved several years ago.

The injunction states that the house is beyond repair and has a long history of drug activity, namely that Matthew Carter allowed it to become a haven for crack cocaine sales and use.

Police raided the home on April 27, arresting nine people on drug-related charges and boarding up the home to discourage anyone from using it pending legal action.

Matthew Carter wasn’t home at the time but was arrested a few weeks later alone inside the house after someone had busted in a boarded-up back door.

Charges against Carter include criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, failing to appear in court and felony drug possession. The case has been bound over to a grand jury.

In April, police said they had responded to more than 200 calls involving the home over the past 11 years, and investigations stretching back to March 2009 documented continued cocaine sales in spite of police enforcement.

5 Comments on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 7/22/11 at 6:18

What the heck took so long?!

By: dargent7 on 7/22/11 at 6:26

The house can't be fixed up and donated to a family? It's in that bad a condition?
I don't know the house or neighborhood, but any home anywhere has to worth $150,000.
At least.

By: Ingleweird on 7/22/11 at 7:54

Clearly, you have never even glanced at home prices in Nashville. There are certainly houses below that price, and with the housing recession, probably more than before.

By: Jeremiah_29-7 on 7/22/11 at 10:22

This is a severely deteriorated house that has been a MAJOR problem for this community. I have been past it many times. It has kept good development from happening on this street, and its occupants have been arrested many times for drug sales, but they kept coming back.

Demolition is a GREAT thing here!!

By: Kosh III on 7/22/11 at 12:19

"What the heck took so long?!"

Check the location. It wasn't Green Hills or West End.