by: Tina Terry Updated:
SALISBURY, N.C. - Eyewitness News was the only station there as police hauled two of three suspected drug dealers away after a drug raid in Salisbury.
Police arrested Edward Layerly and Tyrika Jackson after searching their home on Mildred Avenue in Salisbury.
Detectives said they found marijuana in their house and a stolen gun.
A few doors down, police found marijuana and cocaine in another house. They arrested Douglas Young, who lives there.
Police said all three were selling drugs out of their homes.
Police told Eyewitness News that Lyerly was convicted on drugs and weapons charges three years ago and invited him into a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods.
"It's a federal initiative designed to help communities reduce violent crime -- specifically gun crime," said Chief Rory Collins with the Salisbury police.
They offered him help getting a job so he could turn his life around, or face though consequences.
"If you don't care enough to make that change, we're going to support law enforcement folks to get you out of this neighborhood by sending you to federal prison," Collins said.
Officers said Lyerly never requested help and with the charges he’s facing now, he could end up in federal prison.
Police said they arrested Lyerly in October for selling drugs out of the same house.
That case is still going through the court system.
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