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'Operation Legend' leads to dozens of arrests, seizure of firearms in Milwaukee

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 17:36:55-04

Since the commencement of the operation that brought dozens of federal investigators to Milwaukee, over 30 arrests have been made and over 20 firearms have been seized.

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger said Operation Legend contributed to 32 arrests and the seizure of 27 firearms. Operation Legend began mid-July.

Of those arrested, some were alleged of committing firearms-related offenses and fugitives wanted for violent crimes.

“Operation Legend reflects the Justice Department’s commitment to work collaboratively with state and local partners to make Milwaukee a safer city for all of its residents,” said Krueger in a press release. “By bringing to justice the shooters, the drug traffickers, and those who carry illegal firearms, we will reduce the levels of violence in our neighborhoods.”

Federal charges were also filed against eight individuals as a result of resources from Operation Legend.

Along with dozens of federal investigators, Operation Legend is also providing more than $10 million to fund the hiring of 29 police officers in Milwaukee, Cudahy, and Wauwatosa. Krueger says this will allow more experienced officers to be assigned to task forces to help assist federal investigators on this mission.

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