In Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre officials enforced a new rental ordinance for the first time on Sept. 13, shutting down an apartment unit following a drug raid. According to Mayor Tom Leighton, three people were arrested on Wednesday after police officers found cocaine and cash from an alleged drug dealing operation inside an apartment on Carlisle Street. Under the ordinance, the apartment owner will not be allowed to rent out the unit for six months. Leighton vowed, "If we have to shut down a unit a day, we're going to do it until we clean this city up." Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerry Dessoye adds that the crackdown on drugs will help in the city's ongoing war against gun violence. "People are settling things through violence, through extreme violence," he laments.
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