Niagara Gazette — Falls Police narcotics detectives say they have been blitzing the city in recent weeks in response to citizen complaints about neighborhood drug dealing.
The results have included the arrests of 11 people and the seizure of a large quantity of drugs and at least one high caliber handgun.
Investigators said they were drawn to the 2100 block of Jerauld Avenue after neighbors complained repeatedly about a man dealing pot and pills out of a home there.
“You know it’s a nice, quiet neighborhood and the neighbors really take care of their homes,” Narcotics Investigations Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. “So they saw all the traffic and activity.”
Detectives, along with members of the Emergency Response Team, hit the home and found both their target and a quantity of marijuana and prescription pills.
They arrested Louis Morgan II, 28, 2105 Jerauld Ave., and charged him with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
A few weeks later, an early morning raid at a second floor apartment in the 1600 block of Cleveland Avenue led to a daring escape attempt and chase by narcotics detectives.
“We had information that there was a lot of drug activity at this home, as well as guns in the home,” LeGault said.
But when Emergency Response Team officers hit the front door with a ram, one of the suspects inside decided to try to bolt from police.
“A male came out of a second floor window, swung from a gutter and landed in the neighbors’ backyard,” LeGault said.
Detectives, who were stationed outside the home, gave chase and apprehended the suspect at 18th Street and Cleveland Avenue.
In addition to a resisting arrest charge, Keith Lindsay, 30, 1133 Ontario Ave., Apt. 3, was charged with third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.