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Drug raids net arrests of suspected gang members in Easton

Drug raids net arrests in Easton

EASTON, Pa. - Police were up early and on the move in Easton. They arrested six people in a series of drug raids in the city, and their work may not be done yet.

All of the people arrested are facing drug charges. One suspect just got out of jail on an unrelated charge last week. The question now is whether all the raids are making the streets of Easton safer.

Shakim McNeil, Carl Ward and Jamil Henderson faced a judge for charges of possessing heroin with the intent to deliver in the city of Easton.

The men are just three of six people arrested after police raided nine different locations Friday morning.

"If you're going to come here to do your crime, we're going to make sure you do your time," said Easton Mayor Sal Panto.

Police said they're hoping the raids help uncover new clues in a pair of shooting investigations in the city.

The scene of one of the raids, 110 S. Ninth St., was near a shooting that took place less than two weeks ago.

Panto said the drug raids are working, and it's not the only thing police are doing to combat crime.

The city has just purchased four cameras to provide surveillance in areas known for drug trafficking.

"We don't like to talk about our cameras because we don't like people to know where they are," added Panto.

City council is also working on a list of ordinances that landlords will have to abide by.

"There's a lot of good things that are going on with trying to improve the community, but in the meantime, I think the police do have to continue to do the law enforcement that we're responsible for," said Panto.

That includes upholding the law to keep drug dealers off the streets and performing drug raids until people get the message.

"We want them to know if they are going to do drugs in Easton or violent acts in Easton, we're coming after them," said Panto. "I think that's the message that we are sending.

Panto said the ordinances for landlords will help city officials keep tabs on who is living in different rental units across the city.

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