Merton Council’s Housing Department has, for the first time, successfully evicted a convicted drug dealer from one of its properties.

The drug pusher, who cannot be named, was spotted behaving suspiciously on the estate by a caretaker in February 2000 and reported to the police by Mitcham District Office.

As a result of a raid on the property, a large quantity of cannabis was found along with heroin and crack cocaine. The tenant admitted to dealing in cannabis and was eventually sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

The District Office served a Notice of Seeking Possession for breach of tenancy conditions on the tenant while he was in prison. His girlfriend, also the joint tenant, was served with the eviction notice as well.

When the possession proceedings were heard in court, the dealer had been released from prison and was living again with his girlfriend on the estate. The Council argued in court that he had broken, not only the law, but a specific condition of his tenancy, and that his activities had been a danger to other residents, particularly the youngsters on the estate.

The Judge at Croydon County Court agreed and ordered the couple to leave the flat within 28 days.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The Council views drugs as a menace to society and will continue to act with the Police in evicting convicted drug pushers from its estates.”

Anyone who believes drug dealing is happening near them, should contact their District Housing Office or the Police. All information will be treated in confidence.