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Operation Legend: Over 5,000 Arrests Made to Reduce Violent Crimes


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Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday announced that Operation Legend, a Trump administration initiative to combat violent crime that started in July, has led to more than 5,000 arrests, according to a Department of Justice statement, The Daily Caller reports.

Since the start of the controversial operation, more than 5,000 individuals have been arrested in nine cities, of the 5,000 approximately 1,057 have been charged with federal offenses. Approximately 568 of those defendants have been charged with firearms offenses, while approximately 411 have been charged with drug-related crimes and approximately 247 for homicide.

According to the statement, over 2,000 firearms have been seized; and nearly 22 kilos of heroin, more than 15 kilos of fentanyl (enough to deliver more than 7.5 million fatal doses), more than 130 kilos of methamphetamine, more than 28 kilos of cocaine, and more than $7.3 million in drug proceeds have been seized.

Operation Legend has reached into states such as New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Indiana.

During a roundtable discussion with law enforcement Wednesday morning, Barr applauded the crime-fighting effort in St. Louis where Operation Legend began in August, and the city has seen a 49% decrease in homicides and rapes have decreased 38% since then, according to Barr.:snip:

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