Northland hotel targeted by police after past problems

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You may notice some police activity at select Northland hotels and motels. They're not getting picked on, police say, they are just follow up visits after some past problems.

"Follow up inspections we're not going to stop", said Sgt. Danny Graves.

Sgt. Graves explained why authorities were back at the Days Inn near I-435 and NE Parvin Rd.

"[We've] done several search warrants and been in several rooms here in the last 90 days; we recovered lot of narcotics and guns, it's not an issue we're going to take lightly."

Last November, police pulled several handguns, stolen property, drugs and drug paraphernalia out of one room. But that wasn't all -- police also found a young child on floor with guns within his reach. Add in the fact the room hadn't been cleaned for a couple weeks, and police knew it was time to get other agencies involved.

Sgt. Graves said the health and fire departments, as well as several other city entities were involved.

"During course of the inspection, there was some codes violations, some fire and health issues,that are definitely going to need to be addressed." said Sgt. Graves.

Not perfect, but nothing compared to a couple months ago. Police say it has to do with cooperation from management.

"It's a hotel, you can not screen every person checking into your hotel, but once we know this kind of people are who they are, we don't want them, we put them in on our black list, not to rent them." said Sam Patel, general manager of the Days Inn

Patel says when he gets suspicious or police come knocking, he's happy to help. Sgt. Graves is glad to hear it, but says it won't keep him doing his job here and anywhere else there's a problem.

"It's not just hotels, it's apartments, houses, we want the community to know we're going to respond to these issues."

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