Gang Members Accused of Making Threats Against Police

November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) The Niagara Falls Police was on high alert after receiving possible death threats from a local gang.

"Sources on the street have told us that he was making threats towards law enforcement," Detective Steve Reed of Niagara Falls Police said.

Officers and SWAT team members raided a house on 9th St. in Niagara Falls late last week looking for drugs being sold by gang members. They arrested two men, 33 year old Alton Hilson and 31 year old Mark Douglas.

Lieutenant Kelly Rizzo was in charge of the case. "They're not just threatening you to your face where they're just trying to get a rise out of you. They're actually seriously contemplating finding a way to hamper your efforts in investigating their criminal activity," he said.

Police say the men were targeting officers who were interfering with their business of selling drugs.

"This all comes down to one thing and it's money. We hamper their drug activities, we're taking away their income and that's how they look at it. And they have the attitude that they'll do whatever it takes to protect their income," Rizzo said.

The two men are members of the notoriously violent California gang the "Crips." They both now face drug charges.

Mayor Paul Dyster said he is standing alongside police to take a firm stand against gangs and gang threats.

"We're certainly not going to tolerate threats being made against Niagara Falls Police Officers and we're happy that the individuals that made those threats have now been apprehended," Dyster said.

He added, "The Niagara Falls Police Department is the gang that rules the streets of Niagara Falls."