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Warrant sweep targets Kansas City's most violent offenders

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Cops swept through Kansas City on Tuesday, rounding up some of the most violent offenders.

The Kansas City No Violence Alliance, known as KC NoVA, offered the people a chance to get out of a life of crime in July, but those rounded up had refused.

The NoVA-initiated police sweep was targeting an area of the Independence Corridor from Benton Boulevard east to Independence Avenue. A group of 80 were targeted and over half of them were wanted for homicides, assaults, robberies, illegal weapons and drug charges.

"We're going to numerous homes and we're going to shut them down,” said Maj. Joe McHale with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department.

Operation Ice Melt sought offenders and people with warrants, like one man pulled out of an apartment on 12th Street and Bennington Avenue.

"He goes by the street name of Pitbull and he was actually hiding in the back room of the apartment upstairs," said Sgt. Eric Roeder.

Pitbull was wanted for an assault that nearly killed a man. Inside his home police found other targeted offenders and drugs.

"Drug paraphernalia, drug pipes used for smoking and ingesting methamphetamines, some syringes with an unknown liquid in them," Roeder said.

A thankful neighbor watched Tuesday's police sweep that involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and local police forces. The neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was about time.

"Every day, every night. It's like 24/7 a lot of things going on. Cars going in, cars going out," he said.

Police say the targeted offenders weren't race specific or limited to one gang. Their focus was people linked to violence who refused help from KC NoVA in July.

“They were offered anything we could do to help them choose a different path and to interrupt a cycle of violence,” McHale said. “Instead they chose violence.”

"This is about a continued effort. Consistently going after the most violent and those committing violent acts and letting them know we won't tolerate it," said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

The group enforcement netted 54 city and state arrests and closed nine properties associated with Northeast group members' criminal activity. McHale said 39 warrants were cleared and 15 new charges were filed, including felony eluding. Six firearms were recovered, including two reported to be connected to a possible violent crime and a variety of drugs, including a pound of marijuana, were recovered. A large amount of stolen property also was recovered.

In recent days as part of Operation Ice Melt, Jackson County prosecutors filed 13 criminal cases for drug possession and tampering, three more serious felony cases for resisting arrest, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Two criminal cases are also being submitted to federal prosecutors.

In addition, bond has been revoked on two members of the Northeast group and the nine properties closed were because of numerous code violations that made the properties uninhabitable. Legal steps were also started by the prosecutor's office to evict two people who were engaged in illegal drug activity. Any illegal cable hookups are also being investigated.

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