IMPD drug raids will continue as police look to fight violent crime

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis police continue rounding up drug dealers and users as part of a massive sweep this week.

So far, the raids have resulted in more than 200 arrests and police say they’re not done yet. In fact, the drug busts will continue on a small scale throughout the weekend.

In addition to the 227 people arrested, 2,566.1 grams of heroin, 9,056.5 grams of cocaine, 9,472 grams of marijuana, 359 grams of methamphetamine, 30 firearms, 9 vehicles and $64,733 in cash were seized.

“We are going to continue to address quality of life issues. Our job is to bring civility to our communities,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

This week police also pulled over dozens of drivers in a series of high visibility traffic stops as police targeted suspects revealed through community tips.

The department also focused on high-crime neighborhoods because police believe cutting down on drug activity will reduce violent crime over time.

“Chief Riggs is resolute that we are listening to the community and it really is the small time drug dealers that are creating havoc in the communities,” said Adams.

During the busts, all the arrested suspects were taken to the Arrestee Processing Center, but because there are only so many available jail beds in Marion county, some of the 200 suspects are no longer in custody.

Still, the IMPD believes the efforts will have a longer term impact even if many of the people they arrested this week may have bonded out and are back on the streets.

“We’ll work with prosecutors to level charges against those arrested, but again this operation was driven through mostly complaints. People are tired of this on their streets,” said Adams.

Police also maintain that the raids are not just about getting a lot of arrests.

Crews have also gone into troubled neighborhoods offering help in the form of social services.

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