It is a modest house in the 1400 block of East 20th Street, just south of downtown, nestled under overgrown trees and less than a block from an elementary school.
Yet police say two of the owners of the house have been arrested in the last couple of years for dealing drugs, and neighbors have watched helplessly as people formed long lines in the alley behind the house, waiting to buy crack cocaine.
So, on Tuesday, U.S. marshals began the process of seizing the house and evicting the owners.
Under federal narcotics asset forfeiture laws, the government can seize and auction properties once it proves they are being used for illegal drug activity.
Officer Bill Blount said drug buyers lined up in the alley "like it was a supermarket."
News that marshals had served the notice of seizure was announced at a press conference outside 20th Street Elementary School by city and federal officials.