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Crack down on violent crime, gangs nets 140 Phoenix arrests

September 26, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal agents and local police say they recently arrested 140 suspects in the Phoenix area they identify as “violent fugitives” as part of an effort to crack down on gang violence and gang-related crime.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Saturday 51 of the suspects apprehended during “Operation Snake Eyes” were gang members.

The investigation in cooperation with local police departments across the Phoenix area resulted in the seizure of 131 firearms, 3,000 fentanyl pills and nearly $150,000 in cash.

The United States Marshals Service Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force led multi-jurisdictional fugitive apprehension unit responsible for more than 1,748 arrests in the last year. The latest arrests occurred between August 10 and September 17, 2020.

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The operation was reportedly the result of the service’s decision in 2010 to target gangs as a priority for reducing violent crime.

“Investigations like these bring so many partners together to address common crime trends in each of our cities,” Phoenix Police Chief Jerry Williams said. “Working with intelligence-driven information allow us to specifically target those individuals who are responsible for crimes which often result in violence.”