BLUFF CITY BLUES: COLLABORATIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT STING ARRESTS 214

Arrests

9 people for gang related crimes, 40 drug related, 69 weapon offenses, 65 for aggravated assault, 34 individuals for homicide and 13 registered sex offenders who violated registration requirements



As part of efforts to rid the Western District of Tennessee of crime, law enforcement comprising state, federal & local policing personnel collaborated over a two-week project dubbed Bluff City Blues to identify repeat criminals and patterns, infiltrate gangs and collect intelligence to curb violent criminal activity in the district.

Law enforcement say this exercise was targeted at the systematic removal of people responsible for violent crimes. It began on August 12 mainly in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee and ended on August 23; a period during which the coordinated efforts of the group culminated in a total of 214 arrests.

The team used tactical methods to examine gang relations, fire arms & narcotics and apprehension investigations which resulted in the arrests of 79 people for gang related crimes, 40 drug related, 69 weapon offenses, 65 for aggravated assault, 34 individuals for homicide and 13 registered sex offenders who violated registration requirements, all of which will be prosecuted in federal or state courts and are expected to assist in additional arrests.

The participants in this venture included both Highway Patrols, Police Departments, United States and District Attorney General Offices, the Marshals Service, the Tennessee Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Probation Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives (ATF)

U.S Attorney D. Michael Dunavant expressed his support for the collaboration, commending the operatives for their excellent work and tireless effort. He stated

I am confident that this operation will have both an immediate and long term positive effect on public safety in West Tennessee.

U.S Marshal Deputy Commander Mike Quarles of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task followed suit, weighing in on the success of the operation, saying

Without these agencies coming together as a force multiplier, many of these violent criminals would still be walking our streets.

He added he was confident that this would serve as a deterrent for perpetrators of violent crime in West Tennessee.

Moving forward, law enforcement is optimistic about taking down even more of these high-level offenders.

We’ve still got a lot of work to do based on intelligence that we gathered from this operation but I think in the next year, you’ll probably be seeing something even bigger than this.

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  1. September 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm DontMindMeOK

    214? lol

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