NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- The Niagara Falls Police and D.E.A. swat teams raided several homes Tuesday and made more than a dozen arrests.
Officials say the suspects taken into custody are alleged gang members who are charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
Those arrested are: Ashley Barns, 21, Rasaun Blackmon, 21, Michael Brewer, 23, Anthony Burge, 22, Rodriquez Burton, 22, Christopher Carter, 21, Christopher Cessna-Carter, 19, Lester Cook, 28, Rashaun Dix, 26, Darryl Martin, 52, Paul Fields, 26, Qadree Fields, 28, Johnny Gaddis, 20, Asad Hixon, 20, Curry Jones Jr., 25, Kevin King Sr., 37, Alexander Matthews, 39, Deon McTyere, 28, Darmaine Prather, 21, Shawn Pryor, 20, Levester Rose, 33, Morris Shavers, 43, Bryant Searles, Jr., 26, John Smith, 27, Rajeir Vincent, 36, and Rashan Vincent, 31, all of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Wilbert L. Plummer, Acting Special Agent in Charge DEA says, "These violent drug defendants have been arrested today due to the collaborative law enforcement efforts to keep our streets safe. The residents of Niagara Falls should rest knowing that guns and drugs have been taken off the streets and that these defendants are behind bars, where they belong."
Nine other people connected with the group are still being sought.