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Friday, July 9, 1999

CORNYN SUES TO SHUT DOWN KNOWN
DRUG AND PROSTITUTION HAVENS

Action taken against four Metroplex property owners

ARLINGTON - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn was joined today by members of the Arlington, Irving and Fort Worth police departments to announce the filing of four separate civil lawsuits against area property owners. Three suits have been filed in Tarrant County District Court, and one has been filed in Dallas County District Court.

"If you allow your property to be a haven for illegal drug or prostitution activity, we will shut you down," said Attorney General Cornyn. "The action taken by my office would not have been possible without the efforts of the Arlington, Irving and Fort Worth police departments. I commend them for their hard work," Cornyn added.

Because of police reports of repeated illegal drug activity, a lawsuit was filed against Prataprai P. Mody, the owner of the Kings Inn Motel, located at 1717 East Division in Arlington. Of forty-four offense reports on his property, twenty-seven have resulted in convictions.

Two suits have been filed against Fort Worth property owners Manjula Corporation and Robert and Rebecca Ruth Spillman. The Office of the Attorney General filed suit against Manjula Corporation because of repeated prostitution offenses on the property known as the Eco Inn Motel, located at 3201 East Lancaster Avenue. The lawsuit filed the Spillmans resulted from repeated drug offenses on their property, located at 5820 Fletcher Avenue. The nine offense reports generated from the Spillman's property resulted in two convictions and one indictment.

The Irving lawsuit was filed against Irving Suites, Inc., the owner of the Suites Inn Motel, located at 1701West Airport Freeway. Thirty-three offense reports, including several drug related reports, have been generated. Of those thirty-three offense reports, nineteen have resulted in convictions.

Texas law allows the Texas Attorney General to file suit against properties that constitute public nuisances by virtue of repeated criminal activity.

The lawsuits filed were handled by the Civil Enforcement Section of the Attorney General's Financial Crimes Division. Assistant Attorney General and Civil Enforcement Section Chief T.J. Patterson and Assistant Attorney General Kent Richardson handled the filing of the cases.

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