In a recent announcement from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Minneapolis Police Department, a recent joint operation that spanned LESS than 24 hours took 10 guns, drugs, and thousands of dollars in cash off Minneapolis streets. The operation featured members of the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, FBI, and ATF targeting areas known to have violent crime.

Image Credit Minneapolis Police Department via Facebook
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According to the post to social media by the Minneapolis Police Department, but shared by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, 17 people were arrested over the span of the operation, and members of the joint operation witnessed gunfire from a stolen vehicle, an Amber alert, a squad being rammed by a suspect trying to flee, use of a tire deflating tool to end a pursuit, and members were involved in two separate foot pursuits with fleeing suspects.

The haul netted by law enforcement included 10 guns, of which two had the capability of being fully automatic, and numerous drugs including methampethamine, crack cocaine, and heroin.

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Violent Crime Enforcement Detail
On Friday, January 7th, The Minneapolis Police Gun Investigation Unit, and Minneapolis Police Community Response Teams (CRT) partnered with the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), ATF, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, and BCA agents in a task force focused on violent crime and gun violence.
This detail worked through the afternoon, evening, night, and early morning in neighborhoods throughout the City of Minneapolis.
During the detail, members witnessed gunfire from a stolen vehicle, had a squad rammed by a suspect trying to flee, used a tire deflating tool to end a pursuit, and were involved in two separate foot pursuits with fleeing suspects. All of these resulted in arrests and bookings.
Members also assisted at the scene of a shooting and with an Amber alert for a one-year-old.
This detail resulted in:
• TEN firearms recovered including two with FULL AUTO SWITCHES: one of those with a 50 round drum magazine
• 71 grams of CRACK Cocaine
• 14.3 grams of powder Cocaine
• 2 grams of Methamphetamine
• 60.7 grams of Heroin
• $9215 Seized
• 17 suspects arrested and booked: One a murder suspect
This detail consisted of dedicated, knowledgeable, and effective individuals who performed well in several dangerous situations. MPD is appreciative to its members and the members from partnering agencies. Minneapolis is also appreciative of the help and support of the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center (MECC), Minneapolis Auto Theft Unit, Minneapolis Strategic Information Center (SIC), and the Hennepin County Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA) team.
MPD will provide updated information in the weeks to come about charges stemming from the arrests of this detail.
In 2021, Minneapolis tied the record set in 1995, in which the city had 97 reported homicides. The previous record-high set in 1995 created the dubious moniker for the city of Murder-apolis.

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