COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Police Department announces 14 people are behind bars as part of a multi-jurisdictional task force gang sting.
According to a police department release, the arrests resulted from charges ranging from aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm, cruelty to children, violation of parole/probation and drugs.
Police say they relied on information from Intelligence Led Policing aspects and law enforcement and targeted wanted persons and known gang members in Columbus.
Four handguns were seized, two of which were in the hands of convicted felons and one handgun had been previously reported stolen.
Participants in the multi-jurisdictional task force included: Columbus Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Justice (US Attorney’s Office), US Marshal’s Office, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, Muscogee County DA’s Office, and Georgia Department of Community Supervision (Probation and Parole).
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren says more arrests are likely in the future.
Boren also confirms none of those arrested Tuesday have anything to do with the multiple murders we’ve had in Columbus this year.
Chief Boren says more than 70 officials from nine agencies teamed up in the Columbus gang round-up. Boren says agents have been monitoring the suspects for weeks before the arrests.