After completing the initiative known as Operation Legend, implemented since last summer, the Department of Justice has announced the final results, reporting more than 6,000 arrests across the United States.
In a final announcement on Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney General William Barr said before leaving office, “Operation Legend removed violent criminals, domestic abusers, carjackers, and drug traffickers from nine cities, which were experiencing stubbornly high crime and took illegal firearms, illegal narcotics, and illicit monies off the streets.”
A Justice Department statement described the operation as a “sustained, systematic, and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.”
Barr said that the standards achieved by the initiative are considered by many to be a resounding success, detailing that the extraordinary results occurred during the pandemic, while congratulating law enforcement as well as federal prosecutors for disrupting and reducing violent crime.
He also highlighted the operation for helping to “hold violent offenders accountable and give these communities the safety they deserve in memory of LeGend Taliferro, whose young life was claimed by violent crime,” Barr said. “We achieved it,” he added.
Taliferro was a 4-year-old boy who died in June after being shot while sleeping in his home in Kansas City, Missouri. The man suspected of taking LeGend’s life was arrested in August. According to Townhall, Operation Legend was implemented in Cleveland, Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.
“Since Operation Legend’s launch on July 8, 2020, over 6,000 arrests—including approximately for 467 homicide—were made; more than 2,600 firearms were seized; and more than 32 kilos of heroin, more than 17 kilos of fentanyl, more than 300 kilos of methamphetamine, more than 135 kilos of cocaine, and more than $11 million in drug and other illicit proceeds were seized,” the Justice Department said.
“Of the more than 6,000 individuals arrested, approximately 1,500 have been charged with federal offenses. Approximately 815 of those defendants have been charged with firearms offenses, while approximately 566 have been charged with drug-related crimes. The remaining defendants have been charged with various offenses,” he added.