RALEIGH --Raleigh police say surveillance of a suspected drug selling operation paid off Saturday night. Police used the video to make several drug-related arrests at a home on North Carver Street in Raleigh. Authorities tell Eyewitness News that they've been watching a house on North Carver Street in Raleigh for a long period of time.
People who attend church around the corner rejoiced when they heard that police arrested several people hours before the start of Sunday services.
On Saturday about a block away from the church is where Raleigh Police served a search warrant at a home on North Carver Street and made several drug-related arrests.
"We've been praying for stuff like that around here, we really have," church member Michelle Potts said. "So that's amazing, and God is still on his mission of cleaning up this area."
Potts knows the neighborhood well, and says it was once was a friendlier, safer, and more secure place.
"My grandparents used to live around here many years ago, and it has just declined over the years with the drug infestation," Potts said.
One man who lives in the neighborhood tells Eyewitness News that things have gotten so bad on North Carver Street that elderly neighbors were afraid to walk past the house where police made the busts.
Officers made five arrests in the drug bust, Fredericka Harris, Joe Nathan Miles, Antwain Stancil, Comencita Powell and Jerrome Pratt.
All five are charged with maintaining a house used to keep and sell marijuana.
Pratt faces additional charges of possession and intent to use drug paraphernalia, along with resisting and delaying police as they served the search warrant.
Potts says her church is working to steer young people in the neighborhood away from situations that end in arrests.
"Over the last 5 to 6 years, it has done an amazing cleanup. but hearing the news you just stated today, it shows that God is truly in the midst of cleaning up this situation," Potts said.
Potts says she hopes that cleanup continues.