70 violent offenders taken off the street in Operation Holiday Wrap by DPD and feds
DETROIT (FOX 2) - It’s called Operation Holiday Wrap - but don’t take the name lightly - Detroit police and federal agents worked to take several bad guys off the streets to make these holidays a bit more peaceful.
DPD and the feds captured more than 20 guns during a three-day sting in the city.
"Anytime you can get that number of guns, drugs, and violent offenders off the streets, it definitely feels good," said Owen Cypher, US Marshal's Office. "But it makes me feel proud being a member of this community and this district. living here virtually my entire life."
At a news conference Tuesday, Cypher, Detroit Police Chief James White, and a team of investigators, shared the results of Operation Holiday Wrap.
The months-long undercover investigation closed out 70 felony warrants and led to arrests for murder, criminal sexual conduct, and robbery.
"I’m confident that this operation has a direct result in making our community safer," White said.
White says this announcement wasn’t a victory lap. It is a win in the ongoing battle against crime.
Another promising sign is a slight drop in homicides and non-fatal shootings, which the chief says is linked to fewer guns in our communities.
"We know that when people have guns, they make impulsive decisions. we’ve seen it. we’ve seen it when people are shooting over minor disputes."
We didn’t see the officers Chief White calls the unsung heroes - the plainclothes investigators who are in the neighborhoods getting tips and details to help make more arrests in the future.
Less than half of the guns confiscated by Operation Holiday Wrap.