KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The US Marshals Service conducted a recent crackdown on violent crimes that resulted in 833 arrests, including 62 in Kansas City.
It was part of a nationwide effort dubbed Operation North Star 2, a 30-day effort focused on the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest per capita homicide rates.
While much of the work done in this operation coincides with day-to-day operations for the United States Marshals Service, more resources have been made available to assist Deputies.
There was an added emphasis on fugitives wanted for the most serious, violent and harmful crimes including murder, coerced sexual assault, robbery or aggravated assault, with armed suspects topping their list.
“So, we’re going to go through our process — our intelligence process and identify those people who have warrants right now who we believe have firearms or have previously carried firearms,” said Scott Seeling, acting US Marshall. “Because we believe those are the most violent people in the community and if we can get those people into the system, that’s going to impact violent crime in Kansas City.”
Other cities that participated in Operation North Star 2 included Albuquerque, New Mexico; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Jackson, Mississippi; Milwaukee, Wis.; Oakland, California and Puerto Rico.
Of the 833 suspects taken into custody nationwide, there are 95 people wanted for murder, 70 for robbery, 98 for gun-related offences, 200 for assault and 68 for sexual assault.
Investigators also say they seized 181 firearms, more than $229,000 in currency and more than 160 kilograms of illegal narcotics.
The KSHB 41 I team was invited to go on marshals duty for a day as part of this operation. Stay tuned for our special report which will give you a behind the scenes look over the coming weeks.