MILWAUKEE — In an update on Operation Legend, the U.S. Department of Justice said 28 firearms have been seized in Milwaukee since the federal agents arrived.
Operation Legend was expanded to Milwaukee on July 29 in an effort to stop violent crime. Since then, 11 people have been charged with federal crimes. Some, being charged for more than one offense.
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The break down of charges is as follows, according to the U.S. Department of Justice:
- Eight defendants have been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm
- Five defendants have been charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics
- Four defendants have been charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
- Two defendants have been charged with making false statements to a licensed firearm dealer
- One defendant has been charged with possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of narcotics
- One defendant has been charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition
- One defendant has been charged with the distribution of narcotics.
“As Attorney General Barr has said, the most basic duty of government is to protect the safety of our citizens,” remarked U.S. Attorney Krueger. “Operation Legend is already yielding results in Milwaukee and other cities. Working together with our state and local partners, this effort will enhance the safety of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.”
Operation Legend is also present in seven other cities across the U.S. Those cities are Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, and St. Louis.
With all of those cities combined, Operation Legend has arrested more than 1,000 individuals. Of those arrests, 207 have been charged with federal crimes.
Additionally, nearly 400 firearms have been seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.