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UPDATED: 70 People Charged In Massive Drug, Weapon Crackdown

Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 10:33 AM CDT
SPRINGFIELD --

Updated report posted May 23, 2014 9:23 PM

Dozens
of law enforcement officers are sweeping the streets of guns, drugs,
illegal cash and wanted criminals. It's called Operation Falcon and it's
creation is a direct result of the slew of recent shootings in the
capital city.

More than 60 people were arrested in Operation
Falcon; a two-day sting that pulled resources from several different law
enforcement agencies.

"We're just trying our best to get them off the street," said Detective Michael Brown.

Since
the beginning of March, there have been 26 reports for shots fired on
Springfield's east side and seven actual shootings in which a person was
hit. They're all related. Investigators say the gunplay stems from two
gangs feuding.

"We don't want it to raise to a level where somebody is killed or an innocent bystander is hit," Brown said.

Police
have warrants for more than 70 people ranging from unlawful use of a
weapon, armed robbery, assault charges, obstructing justice, mob action
and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

"It's
difficult to catch someone in the act of shooting or with a gun but
their daily activity is selling and possessing drugs is a lot more
frequent than them actually shooting at each other. Once arrested, we do
what we can to obtain more information on the crimes that already
occured," Brown said.

The most recent shooting victim, 26-year old Michael Jackson says, "It's just constant violence out here."

The
bullet is still lodged in his leg. He believes he was mistaken for
someone else and denies being a part of any gang. However, police are
still investigating that shooting on May 8th on Ladley Court and
Jackson's possible role in it.

In the meantime, Jackson says he wants the violence to stop to keep young kids, like his own, from getting involved.
 
"This
needs to be a wake-up call. we need to all come together and realize
life is more important than participating in violence," Jackson said.

Springfield
police plan to announce next week the total number of weapons and drugs
seized; and how many people are caught in the talons of Operation
Falcon.

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Original Report posted May 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

The
Sangamon County State's Attorney says more than 70 people have been
indicted and charged for dealing drugs and illegally possessing weapons
in Sangamon County.

The arrests and charges are the result of a
joint investigation by the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office,
the Springfield Police Department, the Sangamon County Sheriff's
Department, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the Illinois
State Police.

Charges filed include manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and mob action.

State's
Attorney John Milhiser says the investigations are ongoing, with more
arrests to follow. On Thursday, 42 arrests were made. More than 30
warrants remain outstanding. UPDATED: 70 People Charged In Massive Drug, Weapon Crackdown


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