NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "We heard your complaints. We heard your concerns," says Chief Michael Harrison.
In what's being called the largest undercover drug bust in recent NOPD history, investigators arrested 71 people.
"We took those citizen complaints, and we went to the neighborhood where we knew those drug deals were happened. We engaged those drug dealers face to face and purchased contraband from them," says Harrison.
Investigators obtained warrants last Monday for the suspects and within a week, dozens of suspected drug dealers were handcuffed and taken to jail.
54 others are still on the loose.
"We will address it and be laser focused on ensuring that our public is safe," says Mayor Latoya Cantrell.
Mayor Cantrell says attacking the city's crime problem is a top priority. 'Operation Summer Heat' was just part of the city's plan to reduce crime. For the past few months, ATF, U.S. Marshals and 10 additional State Troopers worked alongside NOPD investigators.
"That's already netted 110 arrests, 180 citations issues, which produced 27 illegal firearms, 18 stolen vehicles and approximately 37 thousand dollars of illegal drugs," says Chief Harrison.
"We know that rounding up as it relates to drug trafficking and drug crimes, they almost always lead to other crimes that are committing on the streets of New Orleans," says Mayor Cantrell.
Mayor Cantrell says the NOPD's additional efforts will continue with the support of her administration.
"At the end of the day, we had to ensure that our officers on the ground have the tools and resources that they need to be effective making sure the City of New Orleans is safe," says Mayor Cantrell.