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Encampment Returns at Site of Drug Den Inferno

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They’re Already Back

Late last month, Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) sent in crews to clear a massive drug den along I-5 in downtown Seattle. Authorities say a DRUG TURF WAR fueled by a revenge plot and homemade BOMBS rocked this notorious encampment. Less than two weeks later, several people have already broken in and are now setting up shop. When I showed up Sunday morning, the entrance to the fence along Yesler Way wasn’t even locked. Not sure who is running point for security on this WSDOT (@wsdot) property, but it might be time to invest in better locks and more fencing.

Taking Matters into Own Hands

On July 27, this encampment was “deemed an emergency,” so the city took control of this Washington State Dept. of Transportation property and cleared it. WSDOT was paralyzed even after multiple fires and crimes.

How We Got Here

More background and the police narrative on this mess.