Police Raids Nab Drugs, Guns and Suspects

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Police executed twenty search warrants Friday morning, mainly focused in the Bailey-Delavan, Bailey-Genesee and Central Park neighborhoods.

Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit along with SWAT and help from other local and county agencies raided a number of homes that were suspected of drug and gang activity.

According to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, a majority of the targets were reported by residents through anonymous tips and citizen groups.

Police seized a various amount of drugs, including marijuana, crack, cocaine and pills. They also seized a number of handguns and a loaded shotgun.

"A very successful day," is what Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda called Friday.

"You will see more coming in the very near future. And if these people think they're safe doing business on our streets, they're wrong. We'll be coming after you...so move now or we'll be seeing you shortly."

Officials add that without the help of residents, many of the suspects and drug houses would still be free to operate.

"With engaged citizens, with active citizens, with people saying enough is enough and providing our police department information to crack down on criminals, our department had been very effective at ...reducing crime in the city," said Mayor Byron Brown.

Since the beginning of 2012, 102 warrants have been issued and 80 arrests have been made.