Local businesses happy to see N. 1st cleanup efforts - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Local businesses happy to see N. 1st cleanup efforts

Posted: Updated:

YAKIMA, Wash.-- The "North First Street Gateway Project" was a joint effort by the Yakima Police Department and the DEA to clean up N. 1st St.

Yakima's local DEA task force and YPD officers have worked the area over the last few months and people who work right around there say it's about time.

20 arrests, 33 felony charges, hundreds of grams of heroin and methamphetamine, and more, all seized in the operation.

David Williams owns Twin Bridges Family Restaurant on N. 1st and says he see's drug deals, prostitutes, and gang activity over-running the area.
He and other businesses have tried to clean it up as best they can but, he says, this latest joint effort is a great sign. And he's not alone.

"I thank them for taking an interest and not letting this town go downhill," said Williams.

"They're getting everything bad off the streets. That they're trying to clean this area up," said Jennifer Lane, night manager at the Sunshine Motel.

"We're not going to stop here. It was just something that we wanted to start with," said a YPD Narcotics Supervisor who must remain anonymous to protect his identity.

The Narcotics Supervisor says this is a great start in cleaning up this area, but he realizes they still have quite a ways to go.