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Over 9,000 fentanyl pills seized, 88 arrests in Arizona operation

PHOENIX — Law enforcement has arrested 88 people in a two-week long raid in southern Arizona, the FBI’s Phoenix office said Monday.

Organized by the FBI’s Southern Arizona Office of Violent Crime and Gang Action, “Operation Clean House” has arrested multiple violent criminals throughout Pima County. Officials said the operation took place from July 18 to 28.

Four of those arrested were murder suspects. The operation seized over 9,000 fentanyl pills and 10 firearms.

What is the Southern Arizona Violent Crime and Gang Fighter?

SAVCGTF was established in 2020 and was designed to combine and leverage the resources of multiple institutions. According to the FBI, it also provides a platform for dealing with serious violent crimes and gang violence in southern Arizona.

This task force includes officials and police from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the Tucson Police Department, the U.S. Border Protection, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility, the Arizona Federal Attorney’s Office, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Includes officers. .

Operation Clean House was a collaborative effort

Local, state, and federal agencies such as the U.S. Marshals, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Pasqua Yaki, and the Tohono Ordham Police Department assisted the FBI in the operation.

FBI Phoenix Special Agent Akil Davis said in a press release, “This operation highlights a valuable partnership with law enforcement as Arizona works to combat violent criminals in its community. And these collaborative efforts will continue to benefit the state of Arizona.” .

Tucson Police Chief Chad Kasmer said violent crime was down in Tucson. He said the numbers were not as low as he thought.

“Law enforcement collaborative efforts like this, deployed through the Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program, play a pivotal role in making our communities safer,” Kasmer said in the release. said inside.

“City of Tucson leaders are grateful to the many active community partners who are contributing to our community’s public safety efforts and making Tucson safe.”

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