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24 Jailed, 50 Guns Seized in Sweep Targeting Violent Criminals in South Alabama

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SELMA, ALABAMA – August 10, 2018

A three-month operation focused on reducing violent crime in Selma and the Gulf Coast region resulted in 50 guns seized and 24 arrested on federal firearms charges, officials announced Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with law enforcement Selma and the Gulf Coast Region in an effort named "Operation Focused Remedy." The focus of the operation was to arrest violent offenders,  disrupting a cycle of shootings and taking guns off the streets, officials said.

The participating agencies include the Alabama Attorney General's Office, Selma Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Gulf Coast Task Force, DEA, Moundville Police Department, Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office, Fourth and 17th Judicial Drug Task Forces as well as the Dallas, Hale and Marengo County Sheriff's Offices.

The participating agencies included the Alabama Attorney General's Office, Selma Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Gulf Coast Task Force, DEA, Moundville Police Department, Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office, Fourth and 17th Judicial Drug Task Forces as well as the Dallas, Hale and Marengo County Sheriff's Offices.

The 24 defendants arrested during the operation have, on average, multiple prior felony convictions, officials said.

"ATF and our partners are committed to removing the criminal element from the streets of Selma," said ATF Special Agency in Charge Marcus Watson. "ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Centers are the driving force to reducing the violent crime and disrupting the shooting cycle that plagues our neighborhoods."

The effort was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which focuses on bringing together all levels of law enforcement in the communities they serve to reduce violent crime. The project was reinvigorated by Attorney General Sessions in 2017 as part of the Department of Justice's renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, creating local strategies to combat violent crime and helping foster partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement.

Author: USA Really