Republicans like to paint Democrats as soft on crime, but the FBI posted record numbers of arrests this summer. As the GOP struggles with weak candidates and the cost of gas is going down, the message of crime will have an easy retort.
FBI Director Christopher Wray announced today in a video message the results of joint criminal justice enforcement activities throughout the summer while recognizing the vital cooperation of police departments from state and local levels across the nation. Read: Democrats tougher on crime
Between May 1 until Sept. 2, 2022 Between May 1 and Sept. 2, 2022, FBI along with state and local law enforcement officers arrested more than 6,000 alleged violent criminals and Gang members and seized more than 2,700 firearms linked to criminal activity. Through the summer, the FBI together with its partners stopped nearly 845 and destroyed 105 violent gangs and criminal organizations and seized massive quantities of fentanyl and other deadly narcotics.
“Keeping our communities as well as our country secure is the top priority of the Justice Department, every single day. At the beginning of this year, we further intensified our department-wide efforts to stop violence, including instructing all 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices to develop and implement district-specific violence strategies to reduce crime,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “Together with our law enforcement partners across the country, we will continue to do everything we can to protect our communities from violent crime.”
“I believe the FBI’s most sacred duty is to ensure people can live free from fear in their own homes and neighborhoods,” said Director Wray. “To that end, we dedicate agents, analysts, and technical resources across the country to work with state and local law enforcement on these operations.”
These joint criminal justice enforcement initiatives resulted in FBI operations occurring in many communities across the nation, including in New Mexico, California, Texas, Illinois, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, D.C., as summarized below:
The FBI Albuquerque Violent Gang Task Force executed 16 federal search warrants targeting violent gangs in prison and street. More than a dozen federal as well as state and local SWAT and law enforcement agencies teams seized more than a million fentanyl pills, 142 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 firearms, nine ballistic vests, two hand grenades, as well as $1.8 million worth of cash.
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on Violent Gangs arrested 28 members and associates of the South Los Angeles-based Eastside Playboys street gang for the alleged racketeering in federal law, weapons, and narcotics charges. The task force confiscated approximately 47 firearms, more than 200 kilograms methamphetamine, 27 kilograms of cocaine, greater than 13 kilograms of Fentanyl, plus more than 7 kg of heroin.
In Houston, 10 MS-13 gang members were federally chargedfor racketeering conspiracy murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder in aid of racketeering, as well as related firearms-related charges, and obstruction of justice. The seven murders mentioned in the indictment were especially brutal, involving machetes and mutilation, and included the killing of a young female and an informant from the police.
As part of the FBI Sacramento’s efforts in a multi-agency-coordinated operation targeting the South Lake Tahoe area, seven defendants were indicted with conspiring to distribute sell heroin and methamphetamine. Separately, four subjects were indicted for trafficking methamphetamine as well as firearms, including an AR-15 style shotgun, a rifle, and a variety of handguns, some of which were “ghost” guns, lacking serial numbers.
In Chicago, three individuals were charged with two carjackings that were violent. In both cases, the defendants allegedly brandished semiautomatic handguns and in one case, the defendants also allegedly used a semiautomatic rifle. Another defendant was arrested in a separate carjacking in downtown Chicago that also involved the use of an firearm.
From the FBI San Antonio’s Waco Resident Agency, a federal grand jury charged 27 defendants for their involvement in a Texas-based drug trafficking group operating methamphetamine distribution networks which led to several arrests.
A federal probe into a Hawaiian criminal enterprise resulted in three suspects being detained for alleged involvement in the trafficking of cocaine and methamphetamine operating a shady gambling business and also firearms possession. The criminal enterprise was active across the Hawaiian Islands.
40 violent gang members from Puerto Rico were arrested on firearms and drug trafficking charges. The criminal organization allegedly distributed heroin marijuana, cocaine, marijuana Oxycodone, the Xanax drug, and many others across Puerto Rico.
The FBI Washington Field Office’s Cross Border Safe Streets Task Force has recovered eight firearms and significant amounts of Fentanyl and crack cocaine as a result of searches related to their investigation. Ten defendants were detained for allegedly conspiring to distribute cocaine and Fentanyl all over the D.C. area.
Twenty-five individuals were arrested in Pennsylvania for allegedly running an illegal drug trafficking ring. The suspects were accused of being part of an extensive drug distribution scheme that crossed state lines into Florida, Puerto Rico, and Arizona.
Similar to the ones that are listed here The FBI along with our law enforcement partners carried out various operations in other cities across the United States including Cleveland, Buffalo, New Haven, Charlotte, Springfield, and more and will continue these efforts against violent crime to ensure that our communities are safe for all.