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Cumberland County officials target motels they say cause problems

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - Fly into Fayetteville, and the first thing you see going down U.S. Route 301 before you get to town is a group of motels that the sheriff's office calls a problem spot.

"The Coliseum Inn, where we're standing now, had 203 calls for service for the county since January 1st 2018," said Cumberland County Sheriff Spokesperson Lieutenant Sean Swain.

It's the reason the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says this place, and others like it, could be shut down.

"If the rules aren't followed and we continue to have a high call volume, lots of felony cases, drug dealing, shootings coming from that location, the county will come in and take over that property," said Swain.

County commissioners are already touring the area trying to figure out next steps.

"It appeared to be somewhat like a third world country over here," said County Commissioner Charles Evans.

But when we went to one of the property owner he was shocked.

"This is the first time I'm hearing," said Coliseum Inn Owner Sanat Naik.

He says he's put up security cameras to try to curb crime.

"This is not the best of the customers, but everybody needs a place to stay, and we do our part and we take care of them, but if they are saying we are promoting this kind of crime then I guess they'll do what they have to do," said Naik.

County leaders say there's not time line yet on when they might take action.

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