NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Authorities swept through several homes in Niagara Falls, in another direct hit in the war on drugs. Niagara Falls Police call it Operation Clean Up. Several locations were targeted Monday morning as SWAT teams conducted drug raids across the Cataract City.
Law enforcement officers from about a dozen agencies are briefed before sun rise. By 6 a.m. narcotics units were on the move carrying out early morning raids. Six search warrants were executed across the City of Niagara Falls, including a location on Michigan Avenue.
Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan Dalporto said, "These houses were active drug houses, and were a nuisance to the community."
Authorities seized marijuana, crack cocaine, illegal prescription pills, and recovered a shotgun at one of the locations. Police see this is a quality of life issue and they credit the public for providing information.
Niagara Falls Police Detective Captain David LeGault said, "You have wonderful people living right next door to these drug houses. It's just causing problems throughout the city."
Wesley Richards lives only a few houses away from a raid location on Michigan Avenue. Richards said, "Shocked and surprised, but you know everything comes to an end and here it is. It's the end."
The early morning raids focused on what authorities call "street level" dealers.
Police also executed a search warrant at one of the rooms at the Hospitality Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Authorities say two people were taken into custody at the location. Police say they have hit this same motel three times in six weeks.
LeGault said, "Lot of drug related activities out there. You know again it's the tourist season is coming up for us, and it's certainly not the kind of activities we want in any of our hotels and motels in Niagara Falls."
Niagara Falls Police officials say they're going after all levels of suspected drug activity, no matter how big or small. Police say they made about six arrests on a number of felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from Monday morning's crackdown.
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