(KMOV.com) -- More than a dozen arrest warrants were issued in Brooklyn, Ill. on Friday, after local police called in help from outside agencies to combat a serious crime problem. Officers raided several businesses, then handed out citations in high-crime areas.
Illinois State Police, U.S. Marshals and Brooklyn police raided "S&L Rub," a business advertised as a strip club and massage parlor. Prosecutors say the business is a front for prostitution and drugs.
More than 10 warrants were issued for drug-related offenses after the raid. Officials said two more warrants were issued for prostitution.
Officers then took to the streets, handing out citations for things like dumping and improperly parked cars.
On Friday night, several more businesses were raided. Officers said they were looking for violent offenders, but also checked for liquor licenses and health code compliance.
State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said members of the community were the ones calling for the crackdown.
"Some of these businesses are just a magnet of violent crime that put people in this community at risk of becoming victims of violent crimes," Kelly said.
“This is my hometown and I love this place,” said George McShan, a Brooklyn resident.
Speaking with News 4, McShan stood at the very spot where escaping slaves once took refuge on the Underground Railroad, but is now reduced to a pile of refuse.
“It’s wrong, it's wrong," said St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. "This should be on a registry of historic places, and instead it's being used as a trash heap.”
Kelly told News 4 businesses like "S&L Rub" also attract criminals from across the river.
“If you allow places to become a cancer cell of crime, they metastasize and they go elsewhere,” said Kelly.