5 dozen arrested in Operation Iron Grip

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- A two- week operation to reduce violent crime in Louisville has led to nearly five dozen people arrested on federal charges, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky Russell Coleman announced on Friday.

Between July 22 and August 2, the United States Marshals Service; Louisville Metro Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted Operation Iron Grip.

Federal agents and Deputy United States Marshals assisted the Louisville Metro Police Department in arresting 57 individuals (49 for warrants, 7 new felony arrests, and one misdemeanor arrest) and seizing 13 firearms (9 firearms on convicted felons, 4 firearms reported stolen and 1 firearm in the possession of a juvenile). Three subjects currently have federal detainers. There were 136 total charges. As a testament to how serious the charges were, 79 percent of the people arrested are still in custody, including three transported to prison.

“We promised more federal raid jackets alongside our LMPD partners in removing trigger-pullers from Louisville neighborhoods and we delivered,” said Coleman. “The goal however is not a one-off, even as effective as Iron Grip, but a sustained cooperative effort between all levels of law enforcement to reduce these shootings and make families safer in our city. Stay tuned; much more to come.”

“Every day, the United States Marshals Service tracks down violent fugitives in the Louisville Metro area,” said United States Marshal Gary Burman. “Operation Iron Grip provided an excellent opportunity for the Marshals to work side by side with officers from LMPD and our federal partners which resulted in a significant number of arrests in a relatively short time. Special recognition should go to US Supervisory Deputy Marshal David Hale for his leadership and coordination of this effort.”

“Efforts such as Iron Grip are key tools in addressing violence in our community,” said Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. “Without partnerships, police cannot do our jobs effectively. We are very grateful to our federal partners for joining together with us to address the people who are most violent in our city.”

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