Operation Crackdown Returns to Harlingen

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A dilapidated structure on 513 W. Monroe will be torn down on August 23, 2018.

The structure is one of the 23 neglected structures that will be torn down during the next two weeks as part of the Texas National Guard’s Operation Crackdown.

This is the seventh time Operation Crackdown, a component of the Texas National Guard’s Joint Counterdrug Task Force joins with the city to remove structures that threaten the community’s quality of life. 

A demolition unit of servicemen and women with the National Guard are in Harlingen to remove these structures identified as areas used for drug and other criminal activities, that are aesthetically displeasing, and are a haven for rodents and other animals that could cause health problems.

Mayor Chris Boswell says Harlingen is really fortunate to have a great partnership with the Texas National Guard. “This is a very good program for the city as it eliminates blighted structures and houses that in some instances are right across the street from an elementary school and you see gang and drug activity and by eliminating these structures we improve the safety of our neighborhoods and that’s what this program is all about.”

The demolition will take place immediately following a short ceremony. 

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