NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department announced the results of a two-month drug sting operation on Monday.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison, State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms for the announcement.
The operation began in May, and NOPD partnered with Louisiana State Police, the U.S. Marshals, and ATF for operation "Summer Heat."
According to Chief Michael Harrison, 71 drugs arrests were made last week in what he says was the biggest drug sting in recent years.
An additional 54 warrants have also been issued, according to Harrison.
Harrison said the operation encompassed a total of 125 drug cases.
In less than two months the operation produced 27 stolen fire arms, 18 stolen vehicles and $37,000 worth of illegal drugs, according to Harrison.
Harrison said NOPD officers came face-to-face with some of the most dangerous drug dealers in the city. Harrison also released major crime numbers for the first six months of this year:
- Murders are down nearly 5 percent
- Non-fatal shootings are down almost 38 percent: number of people wounded in those shootings are down 38 percent, more than 100 fewer victims of gun violence compared to the same period last year
- Armed robberies are down almost 15 percent
- Burglaries are down 19 percent
Harrison said those numbers are continuing to trend down.
Mayor Cantrell thanked Chief Harrison and all the agencies involved for their work in the operation.
She said that the city remains "laser-focused" on the safety of those in the city.
"We know that rounding up as it relates to drug crimes are almost always aligned with other crimes on the streets," Cantrell said. "One murder is too many, but we do have to showcase progress that we are making."
Cantrell said officers and detectives have been working tirelessly to take drug offenders off the streets.