9 arrests made, 7 weapons seized in Petersburg’s ‘Operation Safe Streets’

9 arrests made, 7 weapons seized in Petersburg’s ‘Operation Safe Streets’

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Nine people were arrested and seven weapons seized as part of Petersburg’s “Operation Safe Streets” on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Petersburg Police joined forces with Richmond ATF and Virginia State Police to help cut back on crime that has been hitting the area.

“The success of the city is a joint effort from everyone involved - not just the police department,” said Petersburg Police Lieutenant Dustin Sloan.

As part of the combined efforts, nine arrests were made and four additional summonses were issued.

Police also seized seven weapons, several ounces of suspected cocaine and marijuana, as well as an unknown amount of cash.

Back in October, Federal authorities partnered with state officials and Petersburg Police to get 60 guns and ammo off the streets and arrested and sentenced eight gang members affiliated with a group that calls themselves the High Society Hit Squad.

Petersburg police say this is the second phase of Operations Safe Streets. The initiative began in March 2019 with a series of raids conducted in Petersburg by Richmond police and the ATF.

According to the ATF, during the 2019 raid, over 150 law enforcement agents and officers executed a coordinated takedown in Petersburg, arresting seven individuals on various drug and firearms charges including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine distribution and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. An eighth individual was arrested in Texas and a ninth individual was already in custody on state charges.

Sloan says that while Thursday’s seizures aren’t connected with October’s gun raid, an increased police presence will continue in Petersburg through the weekend and weeks to come.

“This is connected to our joint effort to continue making the community stronger using every resource we possibly can to do that,” said Sloan. “We’re going to be out there and we’re going to continue to be out there. What we saw last night is just the start.”

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