Drug raid in Essen: the youth welfare office takes care of children

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After being used in drug smuggling in Altenessen, city employees checked the property on Eickwinkelstrasse – under police protection.

Apparently the grievances at the municipal emergency shelter on Eickwinkelstrasse in Essen-Altenessen, which became known during the drug raid a week ago, were so serious that the city’s youth welfare office took two children from the family living there on the evening of the big-scale operation. A third offspring was taken care of some time ago because the authorities also considered the child’s welfare to be seriously endangered.

Two of the six dogs found at the site found refuge at an animal shelter. The rest can stay with its owner. A monitor lizard was also found, but there was no evidence of illegal animal trafficking. Silke Lenz reported this when asked. At the same time, the city spokeswoman wants to counter the impression that the city has left people in the municipal facility to their own devices.

Essen claims to have its own view of the situation

In the previous period, you had your own vision about the conditions there and the relevant information was passed on to the police. The exchange and cooperation of several authorities eventually led to a large-scale raid on suspicion of drug trafficking and gangs on a large scale. According to Lenz, the fact that employees from different municipal offices participated shows that they acted on an equal footing.




20 years ago, the clan, known to the police, was housed in emergency housing on Eickwinkelstraße against resistance from residents due to the lack of alternatives in other parts of the city. In this as in others, the city is also obligated to provide housing to avoid impending homelessness. Dealing with the family has been “very, very difficult for years”. Officials who want to verify the address are completely unwelcome.


No flaws make life impossible

This is apparently one of the reasons why the city’s real estate industry officials searched the house only under police protection. According to their assessment, there are no structural defects that would make living there impossible. But maybe there is a lot to improve. As Silke Lenz says, tenants, whose use of housing is paid by Social Welfare, are required to, among other things, clean up scattered property areas, remove junk and vehicle wrecks, and, for fire protection reasons, remove a myriad of interconnected multiple sockets.

The veterinary office will also monitor the welfare of the remaining chickens and goats on site. If the family does not comply with the requirements, the city will commission the necessary work and collect the costs from the residents of the housing. However, it is doubtful whether it can actually be settled in the end. In terms of conceivable assets or cash, Lenz said, one has to wait and see what the police assessment reveals.

Illegal handling of a variety of drugs

The massive raid by the Essen authorities against suspected drug criminals involving more than 400 officers, special units and armored equipment a week ago, with a coordinated strike, has finalized the unbearable conditions on the municipal property on Eickwinkelstrasse.

After the public prosecutor’s office executed arrest warrants and a judge sent four German suspects aged 31, 35, 40 and 44 behind bars on charges of gang gang and commercial drug trafficking, there is a serious allegation: the city is surrounded by SEK forces. The building in Eickwinkelstraße is said to have been converted into a kiosk. For drugs, the illegal trade with a colorful array of drugs of all kinds is said to have flourished for a long time.


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