by: Alexa Ashwell Updated:SALISBURY, N.C. —
Federal and local investigators raided a west Salisbury neighborhood Thursday night, where they executed several search warrants.
Authorities had the intersections of Grim and West Bank streets blocked off for hours during the sting.
Shaun McClean, Sequoia Robinson and Jakeith Terry were in court Friday morning. They face drugs and weapons charges.
Salisbury police, Rowan County deputies, ATF agents and the Special Response Team found weapons and drugs in the raid.
Eyewitness News reported on neighbor complaints about an increase in crime in the west end neighborhood during the past two weeks.
Salisbury police said shooting and assaults are up 73 percent compared to April 2013, and that prompted police to increase patrols.
Between the two houses investigators seized: A sawed off shotgun, two ballistic vests, powder cocaine, three handguns, two of which were stolen in the city in recent car break-ins, crack cocaine and ammunition.
Channel 9 recently rode along with an officer to see what they're doing to keep residents safe.
Officers said the raid shows police are making an effort to make serious changes in this neighborhood.
"We try to make every neighborhood in Salisbury safe. We go where we know the problems are and try to take care of them at that,” said Sgt. Michael Colvin, with the Salisbury Police Department.
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