Arrest of Crack Kingpin Grandma Made Upstate Town Even More DangerousS

Residents of a small street on the east side of Buffalo, NY say their neighborhood has gone downhill following a massive drug bust that snared a 58-year-old grandma kingpin who had family members slinging crack out of five different houses on Deshler Street.

Theresa Anderson, a 58-year-old grandmother, was the crack kingpin of her corner of Buffalo for 12 years, according to authorities. Her operation, the Anderson Drug Trafficking Organization, was run out of five Deshler Street homes that she purchased and moved her family members into.

Although Anderson was selling hundreds of grams of crack cocaine in a "24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week" operation, neighbors say they felt safer before a SWAT team raided the homes and arrested Anderson in February, 2010.

"I miss Theresa, I really do," said Debra Walker, who has lived on Deshler for more than nine years. When Anderson was in control, "I actually felt safer. Now my place has been broken into."

Another neighbor said Anderson's old turf has been taken over by prostitutes and their johns.

Anderson pled guilty and will be sentenced this week. She's facing up to 17.5 years.

[image via U.S. DOJ]