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26 arrested in IMPD’s largest operation in department history

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – More than 20 people were taken into custody Saturday as a result of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s largest operation in department history.

According to IMPD, 26 offenders and drug dealers in total were arrested.

IMPD said while working together with federal, state and local partners, more than 150 officers assisted in the operation as they targeted homes across Indianapolis.

In what is being called Operation First Step, homes were targeted based on the social disorder index which includes narcotics related homicides, aggravated assaults, crime reporting and other criminal activity.

The north, east and northwest districts of the city were the primary targets during the operation.

IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said the large operation has a number of goals.

“This operation had two goals – one was the short term impact of removing these people from the streets but the other was the long term impact of gathering information to build cases,” IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said. “But, we aren’t stopping here. This is just the first of many such operations geared toward reducing the instances of violent crime by addressing contributing factors.”

In addition to the 26 arrests, officers reported the confiscation of 13 grams of heroin, eight and a half grams of cocaine and marijuana, four guns, $3,500 in cash, and three cars.

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