Criminal roundup: MPD, FBI arrest more than a dozen in massive operation

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- FBI agents joined Milwaukee police on Tuesday, June 16th in a massive operation aimed at rounding up members of a violent north side street gang. More than 17 people were arrested -- and officers confiscated guns, drugs and even body armor.

The criminal roundup started around 5:00 a.m.

"These are very violent offenders. We are happy to see the results we've recieved today and throughout this investigation," Milwaukee Police Captain Thomas Stigler said.

Those arrested are believed to be part of three different street gangs.

"The 2-9 Taliban and it's affiliation, the 2-9 Money Getters and the 2-9 Hard Hitters," Captain Stigler said.

The early morning arrests are part of a joint task force between Milwaukee police and the FBI -- formed in 2013 after the city saw increased violence last summer.

"The 2-9 Taliban criminal street gang ran its reign of terror last summer," Captain Stigler said.

Seven search warrants were executed at north side homes early Tuesday morning.

Three guns were seized, and FBI agents and police officers found drugs ready for delivery -- including crack cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.

Three bulletproof vests were recovered. Officials believe one of them was stolen from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

"The individuals that were targeted and arrested in this investigation are identified through information that these officers and special agents received from the citizens in these neighborhoods," Captain Stigler said.

Tuesday morning's roundup involved nearly 200 FBI agents and MPD personnel.

"Let me give fair warning to crime crews out there that this is only the beginning. We've already started work on the next crew we're going to take off the streets of Milwaukee," MPD Assistant Chief Kurt Leibold said.

The teams of officers and FBI agents have arrested more than 50 violent offenders since the inception of the task force in October 2013.

 

9 comments

  • dancing in the ruins

    i like how they wear their pants half way down. that will be convenient for their boyfriends in prison when they are in the mood for some big house lovin.

  • dd

    Look at that, some hood thugs going to jail. MPD making the ghetto a little safer. One gun and one thug at a time.

    • anoynmous

      They are in my neighborhood too. They terrorize the innocent,trying just to stay away from them. I live in Lombard illnois.

  • Mallory

    Fantastic! Thank you! 17 fewer peoole I have to worry about up here in the northside.

    On another note, could we get more info regarding how/when that bulletproof vest was stolen from MPD. Were any weapons stolen at thesame time?

    Also, it would ve wonderdul if MPD could hold an educational class for those of us not familiar with gangs…teaching us what to look for so we can stay safe and report issues.

    • Ashley TheBellaDonna

      I’m not sure “what to look for” is the right words. That just leads to a lot more profiling and racial profiling. Although I do fagree MPD could go around speaking I guess, but unless they have a face or there is obvious activity then it’s wrong to do that.

  • Ashley TheBellaDonna

    I’m not sure “what to look for” are tge right words. That just leads to a lot more profiling and racial profiling. Although I do agree MPD could go around speaking I guess, but unless they have a face or therr is obvious activity then it’s wrong to do that.

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