Falls Residents React to Drug Raids

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM EDT

(Niagara Falls, NY) Twenty people have been arrested after a series of drug raids in Niagara Falls on December 13th.

Police are still looking for several other people.

All the suspects face Federal Drug Trafficking charges which carry a more severe penalty than state charges.

Niagara Falls Police and the Buffalo DEA Task Force initiated Operation "Wild Nation" to break up a troublesome Hybrid Gang.

The Hybrid Gang was made up of five Niagara Falls street gangs.

They joined forces to increase the amount of money they could make through the sale of drugs and other illegal activities.

News of the drug raids is going over well with residents.

"There has been a lot of positive reaction on social media," says Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

Many people who live and work in the Niagara Falls say criminals have tarnished the City's image.

They tell Eyewitness News that they hope the 'crack-down' on crime will help reassure businesses that Niagara Falls is a safe area for investment.

In 2011, there have been several high profile drug raids in the Niagara Falls area.

The raids are a cooperative effort between the Niagara Falls Police, the Buffalo DEA Task Force, and the US Attorney's office.