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Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates on Operation Legend at Roundtable in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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At a roundtable with law enforcement in Albuquerque today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend, which was expanded to Albuquerque on July 22, 2020.

Since Operation Legend’s launch in July 2020, more than 5,000 arrests – including approximately 247 for homicide – have been made; more than 2,000 firearms have been seized; and nearly 22 kilos of heroin, more than 15 kilos of fentanyl (enough to deliver more than 7.5 million fatal doses), more than 130 kilos of methamphetamine, more than 28 kilos of cocaine, and more than $7.3 million in drug proceeds have been seized.

Of the more than 5,000 individuals arrested, approximately 1,057 have been charged with federal offenses. Approximately 568 of those defendants have been charged with firearms offenses, while approximately 411 have been charged with drug-related crimes. The remaining defendants have been charged with various offenses.

The Attorney General launched the operation as a sustained, systematic, and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.

Breakdown of Operation Legend charges:

The initiative, which was first launched first in Kansas City, MO., on July 8, 2020, is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City. The operation was subsequently expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22, 2020; to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on July 29, 2020; to St. Louis and Memphis on August 6, 2020; and to Indianapolis on August 14, 2020. A breakdown of the federal charges in each district is below. 

Kansas City, MO.

136 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 49 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 76 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 11 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Chicago, IL.

176 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 40 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 130 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 6 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Albuquerque, NM.

113 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 47 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 56 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 10 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Cleveland, OH.

94 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 54 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 36 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 4 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Detroit, MI.

96 defendants have been charged with federal offenses outlined below. 

  • 31 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 62 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 3 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Milwaukee, WI.

54 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 25 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 25 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 4 defendant has been charged with other violent crimes.

St. Louis, MO.

274 defendants have been charged with federal crimes.

  • 125 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 125 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 24 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Memphis, TN.

51 defendants have been charged with federal offenses.

  • 30 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 14 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 7 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Indianapolis, IN.

65 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 10 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 46 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 9 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

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