LCSO: Anti-Gang Operation Leads to 58 Arrests in 8 Weeks

Update By: Lanetra Bennett
October 28, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee resident Brenda Bryant said, "I would like to be safe where I live at."

Authorities are working on that.

Bryant's neighborhood is where one of the largest arrests happened during an operation to curb gang activity. On September 9th, detectives spotted a drug deal near Americana Street, and arrested two people. They seized 247 grams of synthetic marijuana, 44 grams of flakka, 12 grams of cannabis, 1 gram of crack, and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Bryant said, "I feel a whole lot better knowing that it has calmed down. Sometimes you never know when you can walk in and out your door without being safe."

The Leon County Sheriff announced the operation results Wednesday. It was called, Operation LEGION -- Law Enforcement Gang Interruption Obstruction and Neutralization.

Over an eight-week period, 58 people were arrested on over 170 criminal charges.

Detectives say 35 gang members representing more than a dozen gangs, were involved.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said, "It's a sad, sad thing when you look in some of these communities where these gangs operate; where the people, good people that live there do not feel comfortable stepping out on their front porch or having their children play in the yard. We just don't need to have that in our community."

Eighty percent of the arrests were violent crimes. Four people were arrested for homicide-related charges.

"The gangs and drug dealers are not going to take over our community." Said, Meggs.

$8,900 were also seized in the operation.

Operation L.E.G.I.O.N. was a partnership with Tallahassee Police, U.S. Marshals, and several state agencies.

Sheriff Mike Wood says they will be doing this again.

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 28, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office says it's made 58 arrests in eight weeks due to an anti-gang operation.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office announced the completion of Operation Legion (Law Enforcement Gang Interruption Obstruction and Neutralization) at a press conference Wednesday.

Authorities describe the operation as a proactive effort to curb gang activity.

LCSO say a total of 58 arrests were made in connection with over 170 criminal charges over a span of eight weeks.

Eighty percent of the arrests were for violent crime. Four of the arrests were homicide related, according to deputies.

LCSO says the operation began August 13 and was a partnership between the Tallahassee Police Department, the State Attorney's Office and others.

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