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IMPD’s largest operation in history leads to 26 arrests

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Twenty-six known offenders and drug dealers were taken into custody Saturday during the largest operation in IMPD history.

Officers worked with state and federal law enforcement to target homes around the Indianapolis area.

The areas selected were based on an analysis of the social disorder index, which includes narcotics related homicides, aggravated assaults, crime reporting, and other criminal activity.

The operation is being called “Operation First Step.” Its goal is to reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime while enhancing public safety.

“This operation had two goals – one was the short term impact of removing these people from the streets but the other was the long term impact of gathering information to build cases,” IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said. “But, we aren’t stopping here. This is just the first of many such operations geared toward reducing the instances of violent crime by addressing contributing factors.”

During the massive warrant sweep, police also confiscated 13 grams of heroin, 8.5 grams of cocaine and marijuana, four guns, $3,500 in cash, and 3 cars.  Also, one of the men arrested on a narcotics warrant had a $1 million bond.  A grow operation and a bootlegging operation were also discovered.

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