NIAGARA FALLS – Two more people were arrested, and two homes and a business just a block from Niagara Falls Police Headquarters were raided for drugs Tuesday night, as the Niagara Falls Police Narcotics Division continued its Operation Spring Clean Up.
The raids Tuesday followed a morning of drug raids and more than half a dozen arrests Monday.
“The reason we held off for a second day is to let people think everything was over with and then hit them again. Our investigation shows these sites were more active at nighttime,” said Niagara Falls Narcotics Division Capt. David LeGault.
At a clothing and jewelry store at 1616 10th St., which is a block from the Police Department, the owner Tyrone Drake, 40, of Pierce Avenue, is accused of selling drugs to his customers.
“He was selling it out of his storefront,” LeGault said.
Investigators seized marijuana in the raid at 6 p.m., and Drake was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Shamika N. Pickett, 27, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after a raid in her home on the 600 block of 24th Street. LeGault said Pickett is suspected of selling marijuana, prescription pills and Ecstasy at her house. Investigators seized marijuana and prescription pills, and charged Pickett with unlawful possession of marijuana, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a violation of public health laws for criminal possession of a controlled substance outside its container.
Another raid at 6 p.m., conducted with the help of the joint North Tonawanda/City of Tonawanda SWAT team, searched a home in the 1900 block of Falls Street.
LeGault said the man targeted in that raid was not home, and no drugs were found in the search.
“He has been selling marijuana and crack cocaine, so we will continue to be investigating this,” he said.