Drug Raids Help Crack Down on Crime

May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Police said it is no secret that Niagara Falls has a big problem. Drug lords have longed ruled over certain neighborhoods and authorities said they had enough.

Police seized money and drugs in a raid on Wednesday. Two homes were targeted both owned by the same man named Rashawn Martin. Police said he lived in a home on Lockport Street but had another property he claimed he was renovating. Officers said both houses were used to sell powerful drugs.

This is just one of many raids across the area. At the end of last month, several suspected dealers were taken into custody. Many of them believed to be part of street gangs.

"Whether they are high-level, low-level. If you stop these guys from doing what they are doing, yes, it is a success," Niagara Falls Assistant District Attorney Peter Wydysh said.

This is all part of what is called "Operation Spring Clean Up". Both city leaders and police said it is working.

Authorities said the multi-agency police sting operation is a sign of new high-level efforts to rid the streets of crime. It is expected to be a busy spring for the police force as more raids are planned through the summer.