'Family' Drug Operation Busted

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A 'family' drug operation has been shut down in Buffalo. United States Attorney William Hochul announced today that a federal grand jury returned a 33 count indictment charging Theresa Anderson, 58, of Buffalo, and eight others with participating in a drug enterprise allegedly for more than ten years. Investigators say Anderson utilized family members, their spouses and close friends to distribute crack cocaine. Hochul says Anderson bought houses on Swinburne and Deshler Streets in Buffalo to help create a monopoly on crack cocaine sales in the area.

"The indictment alleges that the organization worked over 12 years selling drugs and in some cases, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. They did it by counter surveillance, look outs, and by owning and controlling properties on these two streets," said Hochul.

Albert Ingram lives just a few doors away from one of the houses, but had no idea his neighbors were allegedly making and selling crack cocaine.

"I don't understand why people do that," said Ingram. "It's nerve wrecking. I started shacking and tears came down my face."

To date, 9 people have been charged in this drug bust and the investigation continues. Anderson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.