DETROIT -

Detroit officers and several federal agencies are on the streets targeting drugs and the people who sell them as part of Operation April Showers.

Detroit SWAT went in first to clear targeted homes in the operation. More than 300 officers were on the streets Thursday night as part of a drug sweep.

The people who live in one area are overcome with gratitude to see the man in charge right in the middle of the action.

"I can't express the words, sir. I'm 80 years old," said one Detroit resident.

This was the seventh full-scale sweep. While officers were all over the city Thursday night, the west side was getting special attention -- 45 drug complaints in two scout car areas brought out the big guns, or in the words of the Detroit senior, some divine intervention.

"You work just like Jesus Christ," the resident said. "Thank you, Jesus."

Police found plenty of items, including heroin, crack, marijuana and illegal firearms, which are now off the streets.

"You're a superhero," said the resident. "Thank you, I appreciate it."