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April 30, 2013

Falls police launch spring attack on neighborhood drug dealers

Falls police launch spring attack on neighborhood drug dealers


Niagara Gazette — “I’m happy all this traffic is gonna be gone,” another neighbor said. 

Wesley Richards lives two houses down from Johnson and said he used to watch cars pull to the curb and then back up toward his neighbor’s house. 

“I’d see the cars and I knew they weren’t going to (the house next door). She’s a little old lady,” Richards said. “You never know when someone’s gonna go down like (the raid). But everything comes to an end sometime. (Johnson) is a good guy, just trying to make some money. He’s just doing it the wrong way.”

Richards’ neighbor, who lived directly next to Johnson, seemed pleased with the police response.

“I appreciate what’s going on,” she said. “But otherwise, I have no comment. I know the (Johnson) family. It’s sad.”

In addition to Johnson’s Michigan Avenue apartment, Falls police, aided by a dozen other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, swept through the city’s North and South Ends with a half dozen SWAT teams raiding homes on 20th, 24th and 27th streets, a house on Cudaback Avenue and a motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard that has been described as “an open air drug market.”

Police said when officers burst into a room at the Hospitality Inn, in the 6700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, they found the target of their search warrant and another person smoking on a crack pipe. It was the third raid on a room at the motel in six weeks.

“The Hospitality Inn just doesn’t seem to stop” said an exasperated Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault.

LeGault said SWAT teams were used for the sweep because police had information that there might be guns at many of the locations that were being hit. Investigators recovered a shotgun from a home on 27th Street.

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