CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Lakeshore Boyz street gang suffered a major blow today after being targeted during a major drug bust and raid this morning.
Thirty-two people were indicted many of them are members of the Lakeshore Boyz gang.
Several suspects are still on the loose.
Many of the drug shipments were coming to Cleveland from Chicago.
More than a dozen members of the gang, dealing heroin and cocaine along the Cleveland and Euclid border, were indicted or arrested during pre-dawn raids.
Those arrested range in age from 19 to 30 years old.
Many of the heroin buyers came from Painesville and west side suburbs to buy cheaper heroin on Cleveland's eastside.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said some of the drug buyers came from prescription opiate addictions and turned to cheaper and potentially deadly heroin on the streets.
McGinty also said more people will die in Cuyahoga County this year from heroin overdoses than gun violence.
Cuyahoga County is on pace for 200 deaths from heroin overdose.
"There's no future for drug dealers on our streets. Drug dealers either end up in prison or in a cemetery," said Cleveland City Council member Mike Polensek.
A source familiar with the undercover investigation said the drug dealers "terrorized elderly residents and families who tried to live their lives in their own neighborhood, while drug dealers took over street corners."
Most of the heroin dealing took place between East 140 and East 200 stretching north of I-90 to Lakeshore Boulevard especially in areas near the highway which made for quicker access to buy drugs and drive away.
Many of the drug deals took place within a thousand feet of a school.
Cleveland Police, Euclid Police, FBI and US Marshals teamed up on this major raid that resulted in dozens of federal and state indictments.
A news conference was held today where law enforcement officials detailed the crackdown in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood.
Several residents said they are relieved the alleged drug dealers have been taken off the streets because the open air drug dealers became "brazen".
Stay tuned to NewsChannel5 and Newsnet5.com for additional breaking information once the news conference starts.
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