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Attorney General William Barr traveling to Milwaukee to provide an update on 'Operation Legend'

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 18:24:46-04

MILWAUKEE — U.S. Attorney General William Barr traveled to Milwaukee on Tuesday to provide an update on Operation Legend.

The Department of Justice charged 26 people allegedly involved in drug trafficking in the Milwaukee area, Attorney General Barr announced during the visit.

The arrests and subsequent charges are apart of 'Operation Legend,' which tasked dozens of federal agents with cracking down on crime in large cities across the Midwest.

The Attorney General, side-by-side with Matthew Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that the 26 are suspects are involved in a 'violent drug-trafficking organization' that smuggled kilograms of of cocaine and marijuana from California to be sold in the Milwaukee area.

Operation Legend launched in the summer and sent dozens of federal investigators to several cities in the Midwest, including Milwaukee. Investigators are focused on reducing violent crime.

Operation Legend was named in memory of a 4-year-old boy, named LeGend Taliferrom, who was shot to death in Kansas City earlier this year.

As of Sept. 4, 15 people in Milwaukee have been arrested and charged as a result of the initiative.

The Department of Justice says since the operation began, a total of 2,000 arrests have been made. That includes 147 for homicide.

Barr will be joined at Tuesday's 1:30 p.m. conference by U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger, Special Agent in Charge Robert Bell, and U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.

TMJ4 will stream Barr's appearance live. Watch below beginning at 1:30:

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