CLEVELAND -- More than thirty alleged heroin dealers facing charges, but some in the Euclid and Collinwood neighborhoods worry a raid like this only lasts so long.
Will other drug pushers simply pick up where the others left off?
"Are we naïve enough to think we've cured it everywhere else? No, of course not," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Pinjuh. "There's going to be other places, because of that vacuum that's created there, there's going to be other places where heroin is going to sell more. It's going to be more available."
State and federal officials say 32 people are facing charges for trafficking. A year-long investigation shows the Lakeshore Boyz street gang knew where to set up to find buyers for its heroin. The customers, say officials, came primarily from the outer ring suburbs. The set up was along street corners near Lakeshore.
"That's an easy place. On and off the highway very quickly, get on, get off, score some heroin, and get back to my neighborhood," said Pinjuh.
It's watching for the next hot spot that keeps investigators busy.
"I think the police might be outmanned with a lot of these gangs," said John Singer, who lives nearby the area.
"It's a series of battles in a very very long war. And you've got to stay committed to the battles," said Pinjuh.
Collinwood might be just the latest battleground for heroin, but those who live here and see the problem everyday, say arrests are a step in the right direction.
"I definitely think they should be held accountable. They're damaging communities, families, society as a whole," said Marya Simmons. "Any type of law enforcement involvement, trying to detour crime around the area, makes the neighbors and the citizens in the area feel more safe."
Pinjuh says that sense of security is grounded in reality. "Yes, your neighborhood tonight is a safer place, in terms of violence, definitely a reduction in violence, and for a while, there will be a reduction in the amount of heroin that's going to be available in that neighborhood."