Joint Task Force Targets Gang Violence

A feud between two rival Sacramento gangs led to a multi-agency effort to address the ongoing problem of gang violence in Sacramento. A federal, state and local task force got involved and the initial results are impressive.

The gang feud has resulted in many shooting, murders and attempted murders dating back to 2015. The Sacramento Police Department, The Sacramento Sheriff's Department, the District Attorney's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives teamed up to take action. 

Sacramento police chief Daniel Hahn says the investigation concluded on December 14th. "This phase of the investigation resulted in 29 felony arrests and the seizure of 211 firearms," said Hahn at a morning press conference. 

Special agent in charge Jill Snyder with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says their focus was on the bigger fish. "During this investigation, ATF focused on identifying the illegal firearm suppliers, manufacturers and traffickers within the Sacramento area." 

Police don't want to glorify the gangs in question so specific details about the arrests were not released. But as these investigations are ongoing, officials expect to make more arrests in the coming weeks and months.

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