24-hour police sweep nets illegal guns, wanted felons, and illegal drivers

Columbus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Franklin County law enforcement says Operation Unity, a 24-hour neighborhood sweep to get dangerous entities off the streets, also served to educate residents on how to be safer in their communities.

The operation began at 8 a.m. Thursday, with Columbus police focusing on a two-mile radius around James Road and Livingston Avenue. According to a release from Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant, the area was selected based on violent crime statistics.

Social workers from the Columbus CARE Coalition were also on hand to work with crime victims, the homeless, and others who have experienced trauma.

Bryant said Thursday’s sweep was the first in a series of such operations in neighborhoods around Columbus.

Here are Operation Unity results from Columbus:

  • 251 Traffic Stops
  • 155 Traffic Citations
  • 100 Traffic Warnings
  • 18 Felony Arrests
  • 10 Misdemeanor Arrests
  • 31 No Operator’s license
  •  5 OVI
  • 9 Search Warrants Served
  • 20 Arrest Warrants Served
  • $51,000.00 Illegal Assets Seized
  • 11 Illegal Guns Seized
  • 1 Stolen Vehicle Recovered
  • 1 Juvenile Arrest
  • 54 Citizens Contacted
  • 12.8 grams of Cocaine Seized worth $1,280
  • 1457.3 grams of Fentanyl Seized worth $110,632
  • 12.2 grams of Heroin Seized worth $1,220
  • 323.39 grams of Marijuana Seized worth $3,233
  •  96.76 grams of Pills Seized worth $1,451
  • 28 Vehicle Impounds
  • 201 grams of Methamphetamine Seized worth $20,100

The Franklin County Chiefs Association said countywide that 32 illegal guns were taken off the streets, with 99 wanted felons arrested and 79 additional felony arrests made.

“This effort is the first of many directed at making our communities a safer place to work, live and visit,” said Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispen, president of the chiefs association. “Our goal is to work collaboratively with the community and each other to make Franklin County a safer place.”

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