Beech Grove cracks down on motels after prostitution, drug allegations

BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) – Beech Grove is cracking down on its motels after nearly 200 calls were made to police regarding prostitution and drug use at the Motel 6.

Starting in January, the city is forcing all motels, hotels and bed and breakfasts to be licensed or shut down.

“There’s no reason that they should conduct business like that,” said Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley.

Buckley said police are down there more than once a day responding to calls.

“That’s just unacceptable,” said Buckley.

24-Hour News 8’s phone calls and emails to the general manager of the Elmwood Avenue Motel 6 location haven’t been answered.

There are two other budget motels in the area. Mayor Buckley says the call volume to them isn’t nearly what it is for the Motel 6. The motels are all located just off of I-465.

“If you think about it, you’re driving down the road and you know nothing about Beech Grove, you get tired, pull in for the night. Well, do you really want to pull into a Motel 6 where there’s prostitution and drug abuse? No,” said Mayor Buckley

Motel 6’s parent company, The Blackstone Group, says it’s investigating these allegations. While the investigation is going on, they say they will beef up the private security they already have at the Beech Grove location.

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