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Warren residents react to drug indictments

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WARREN, Ohio - Speaking about the nearly 100 indcitments unsealed by federal authorities in Warren on Wednesday, Mayor Doug Franklin says, "We're extremely dedicated and committed to removing and eliminating the scurge of drugs and violence on our city streets for the law abiding citizens who deserve our attention and our efforts on this matter."

Warren's law abiding citizens react after the arrests of those not so law abiding.

People involved in neighborhood watch groups say it's an answer to prayers.

"It let's those people out there that's doing the drugs, dealing the drugs, know you're on watch. It's not even summer yet and they're doing these sweeps now, so it's a good things for when summer comes ... less crime, less murders ... different things like that for our youth and seniors in the community," says Rhonda Bennett, from the SW neighborhood Association.

City lawmakers agree that the drug problem is detrimental to the city.

Councilman Greg Bartholomew calls the federal indictments a big win for the city and it's residents.  

"Especially when the feds come into our city and are working closely with law enforcement to get the drugs off the streets," Bartholomew says.

Other neighborhood watch groups tell 21 News while they are happy with the arrests, they hope the feds are not finished with their work in Warren.

Residents worry that when you take some criminals off the streets, then there are always new ones to come take their place.

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