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An apartment complex housed a gang, drugs. Now it will be covered in police tape

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An Atlantic Beach housing complex where gang members lived and sold drugs will close for one year.

The owners of Ocean Apartments on 31st Avenue reached an agreement with Horry County and will close, according to a court order.

The county filed a lawsuit against Ocean Apartments and its owner Dean Mabie earlier this year. The county called the complex a nuisance and said it housed gang members, conducted drug sales and was the site of a shooting.

During one raid, police obtained 2.6 pounds of marijuana, 50 grams of crack cocaine, 18 grams of cocaine, 20 hydrocodone pills, and three stolen handguns, according to court records.

“All of the drug dealing tenants are members of the Bloods street gang, and drug dealing tenants frequently accepted guns in exchange for drugs,” court records read.

Last week, the sides reached an agreement that will close the complex and force all the tenants — except one security guard — to vacate.

Horry County police will be allowed to secure the premises, which could include putting up barriers, according to the order. Police tape will also be strung across all the rooms at the complex.

Those who trespass will be subject to contempt of court or other punishments.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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