SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Simultaneous raids on two homes in a troubled neighborhood turned up drugs and stolen guns.
Salisbury Police, the ATF, and member of the Rowan Sheriff's Office SRT executed search warrants just after 8:00 pm Thursday night.
At 418 Grim Street, police seized .3 grams of powder cocaine, 2.4 grams of marijuana, a sawed off shotgun,two ballistic vests and drug paraphernalia, including pipes for smoking drugs and digital scales.
Shaun McLean, 28, was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
McLean was already on probation and monitored house arrest. Bond is set at $40,000.
At 1321 W. Bank Street police seized 3.4 grams of crack cocaine, 3 guns, including 2 that had been stolen, ammunition, a crack pipe, and a bong.
Jakeith Terry, 25, was charged with possession of stolen goods, possession of a weapon by a felon, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and selling drugs within 300 feet of school property.
Police say Terry tried to run but was caught within feet of the house. Terry's bond is $100,000.
Sequoia Robinson was also arrested and charged with drug possession, weapons violations, possession of drug paraphernalia, and selling drugs within 300 feet of school property.
These arrests come at a time when attention has been focused on a crime problem in Salisbury's West End.
"I went to bed crying and I said God I won't be in fear…I refuse to walk in fear," neighbor Carolyn Rice told WBTV.
Rice's home has been shot into before and broken into. She says she wants her neighborhood to improve, and she thinks new initiatives by police, such as increased patrols and the raids last night, may be starting to help.
"He (Chief Rory Collins) has done something that is noticeable. They are in the community, they are not riding around the community, they are in the community and we appreciate that because their presence is making a difference."