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MYRTLE BEACH — After being deemed a "haven for drug traffickers and users alike" by a judge, The Coral Sands Motel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach was closed following a court-ordered temporary injunction issued Oct. 22.

“The volume of calls for service related to drugs, drug use and overdoses was alarming to say the least," the court said.

The temporary injunction bars the motel at 301 N. Ocean Boulevard from operating for a year from the order, or when a final order is entered.

The joint investigation by Myrtle Beach Police Department and the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office started in March 2021 after continued reports and complaints. Investigators determined the motel allowed most of the guests to use its premises to distribute illegal drugs and engage in prostitution.

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The motel's management and security also were shown to be involved in the purchase of illegal drugs from tenants and they provided discounts on rooms in exchange for drugs and sex acts, authorities said.

Management also accepted cash in exchange for allowing people to sell drugs at the motel, the investigation found, with a room set aside for prostitution.

Efforts to reach hotel representatives were not successful Oct. 21.

Since February 2018, City of Myrtle Beach police officers and officials said they met with the motel's owner and manager to address its dilapidated condition and high calls for service.

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Despite working with the owner and manager, the motel remained a public nuisance, according to a police news release.

“We will not tolerate the operation of businesses that cause harm to others or to our community,” Chief Amy Prock said in statement.

Source : https://www.postandcourier.com/myrtle-beach/myrtle-beach-motel-closed-after-being-deemed-a-haven-for-drug-trafficking-by-judge/article_b8b83ea4-336c-11ec-a6c0-2bd12773a67d.html

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