'Operation Wild Wild East' in New Orleans: 111 drug arrests
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Law enforcement officials in New Orleans are calling it "Operation Wild Wild East."
A joint federal, state and local police operation that targeted violent drug offenders in eastern New Orleans has resulted in 111 arrests, authorities said Friday during a news conference at U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office.
Officials said the operation was launched in July in reaction to a spike in violent crime in eastern New Orleans. It resulted in the seizure of numerous guns, drugs, vehicles and jewelry with a total value of more than $1 million.
Drug Enforcement Administration agent Raymond Brown said the operation targeted repeat offenders.
"More than 60 percent of them were felons," Brown said. "We arrested murderers. We arrested attempted murderers. We arrested people who have been convicted of selling drugs two, three, four times."
Agencies involved included the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans police and the New Orleans District Attorney's office, along with Louisiana probation and parole officials.
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Posted on Tue, February 3, 2015
by Associated Press