Police: Warrant sweep results in arrest of violent criminals - KCTV5

Police: Warrant sweep results in arrest of violent criminals, drug seizures

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Kansas City police said they and their partners have arrested some of the city's most violent offenders during a two-day warrant sweep Wednesday and Thursday.

As of 4 p.m. today, police have arrested 81 people, cleared 203 warrants, seized 10 firearms and recovered more than $48,000 worth of illegal narcotics. Twenty-five new charges also were levied during the course of the operation.

Police sought suspects identified by the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA) as being at the center of violent criminal networks. Other suspects who were targeted included those wanted by KCPD's Narcotics and Vice Division and those who have been identified as the major source of violence in crime "hot spot" areas of the city.

Throughout the course of the operation, police were able to identify several people who have vital information about recent homicides.

Police said this is the first time KC NoVA has been a part of KCPD's annual violent crime initiative. They have identified a network of 2,161 people who have been connected to the city's homicides and aggravated assaults over the past two years. The members of the group are more than 100 times more likely to be murdered than a normal citizen, based on their homicide rate compared to the national average homicide rate, according to police.

The most central figures in this group were targeted for arrest and prosecution, and police were able to take many of them into custody.

KC NoVA also had client advocates on duty throughout the operation to assist those on the fringe of the violent crime group who want to change. Advocates helped connect numerous people, most of whom have not committed felony-level crimes, to community resources that can help them turn away from a life of crime.

Agencies assisting Kansas City police in the operation included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Independence, MO, Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; United States Marshals Service; Jackson County Prosecutor's Office; U.S. Attorney's Office; Missouri Probation and Parole; and Federal Probation and Parole.

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