A citywide crackdown on gangs has taken over three dozen people off the streets of Toledo.
The Toledo Police Department, along with officials from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. ATF, and the Adult Parole Authority, conducted a citywide gang enforcement action on Friday. As a result, 38 people were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges.
Authorities were acting on 92 warrants on known gang locations. The objective was to reduce overall gang violence in Toledo by conducting a highly-visible multi-agency patrol.
In the sweep, three guns were seized, two of which were reported stolen. Police also seized $2,660-worth of marijuana, $40-worth of cocaine, $875-worth of other drugs. amd nearly $2,000 in cash.
Police say around 20 different gangs call Toledo metro area home. And, with recent violence claiming the lives of innocent residents of the Glass City, the community has begun to step up. The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) program, a citywide collaboration between law enforcement and the community, was put into place in April 2012.
In August, a one-year-old girl was fatally shot and her two-year-old sister critically injured in a gang shooting at Moody Manor.