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Resource ID: #17146
Subject: Housing
Source: Register (Des Moines, Iowa)
Date: May 14; Nov. 16



The Des Moines Register investigates slum lord Josh Davis, a former drug accountant for the Medellin Cartel who had gone into the witness-protection program. After Davis moved from California to Iowa, he began buying properties through tax sales. "He turned some properties into slum housing and found ways to take other properties he couldn't obtain through tax-delinquent liens... He,,, played cat and mouse games to keep city officials from closing properties with major code violations, intimidated or tricked people into signing over their homes and rented out dozens of improperly seized properties to make money."

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