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Alleged bootlegger's house barricaded

A Porter Creek property has been barricaded and padlocked through an order under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.

A Porter Creek property has been barricaded and padlocked through an order under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.

The owner, Marius Moustakas, is responsible for paying about $400 associated with erecting the fence, said a Department of Justice spokesperson. A copy of the SCAN order is posted on the barricade.

Moustakas was evicted from the property for 90 days beginning July 1 under allegations of drug dealing, bootlegging, and causing disturbances in the neighbourhood.

The case was complicated by the fact that the house was

under repair as a result of a fire that occurred on the property in June.

The original SCAN order allowed Moustakas’ contractor, Paul Joseph, to access the property between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the month of July.

Moustakas was also allowed visit the house during those times for the purpose of the “inspection of construction activities” and to pay Joseph.

Moustakas appeared in court at the end of the month to argue that he needed another month of access to safeguard the house from further damage.

Counsel for the Department of Safety and Investigations said that a month’s extension “would be unacceptable,” but agreed to extend the conditional access for two weeks.

Unauthorized persons have been found on the 1312 Centennial St. property since the order came into effect, and allowing Moustakas continued access “basically will nullify the SCAN order,” counsel said.

The judge sided with the department and awarded an extension to August 15.

That deadline has passed, and a fence has been put in place with the intention of keeping everyone out.

The RCMP responded to disturbances on Moustakas’ property more than 50 times between July 2007 and November 2011.

Neighbours also complained of people coming and going from the property constantly, some living in dilapidated trailers in the yard, and urinating and defecating on the property.

In addition to vacating the property for three months, Moustakas agreed to cease all illegal activities and do his best to prevent others from engaging in illegal activities on his property for one year.

Moustakas had given notice to a tenant to vacate another property he owns so he could live there while evicted from the Centennial St. home.

This second property, at 1311A Fir St., is only two blocks away and is across from Jack Hulland Elementary School.

Moustakas also faces a bootlegging charge under the Liquor Act. He will appear in court on that charge in September.

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