Police: More than 800 arrested, 130 guns seized in Memphis


Drugs and guns found during police operation (Courtesy: WREG)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis police say more than 800 people have been arrested, more than 100 guns have been seized and large quantities of drugs have been recovered as part of an investigation targeting organized crime.

Interim Police Director Michael Rallings on Thursday announced results of an investigation by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit that ran from Feb. 1 to April 15.

Rallings said 110 handguns and 20 rifles were confiscated, along with 223 pounds of marijuana and 2 pounds of crack and powder cocaine.

Of the 818 arrests made, 394 are for felonies. The rest are misdemeanors.

Memphis has seen 78 homicides so far this year. That number includes 17 homicides involving juveniles.

Last year at this time, Memphis had 47 homicides. The city had 161 total homicides in 2015.

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